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A Quick Guide To An Offer To Settle

What is an offer to settle? An offer to settle is a legal gesture whereby a party to a trial proposes to settle his/ her gripe with the opposite party out of court before the matter is decided in its finality in court. The offer could come in myriad forms i.e. abstinence, compensation, or even…
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October 30, 2020 0

Rights Of Both Parties In A Tenancy Agreement

A tenancy agreement is an agreement entered between the owner of a property (the landlord) and an individual/ company (the tenant) where the landlord agrees to rent out the property to the tenant for a sum of money. During the tenancy period, what are the rights accorded to both parties? In this article, we will…
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October 25, 2020 0

Re-Litigating a Foreign Judgment : Is It Even Possible?

A and B fought out a dispute in a foreign court. At the end of it, one party won, while the other is left to sulk in a corner. Can the party who is sulking relitigate the matter locally? Let us find out by briefly looking at the recent High Court (Sibu) case of Wong…
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August 2, 2020 0

Conducting Trials Online During Covid-19. Yay or Nay?

Covid-19 has, at some point in time, but the world to a standstill. With no end in sight (yet), business and government bodies have little to no choice but to put on their creative hats and find alternate ways to continue to operate. The legal system in Malaysia is no exception– trials are finally being…
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July 1, 2020 0

A Separate Proceedings for Contempt of Court?

Are contempt proceedings separate and distinct proceedings from the main proceedings? For example, does it mean that if a person is charged in a criminal court (in the main proceedings), any conduct which gives rise to a contempt of court automatically becomes a criminal contempt? This issue was briefly dealt with in the Court of…
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June 29, 2020 0

The Academic Question Conundrum

What is an academic question? An academic question, or a hypothetical question, as propounded by the Federal Court in Metramac Corp Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Syarikat Teratai KG Sdn Bhd) v Fawziah Holdings Sdn Bhd, is a question of law which does not affect the outcome of a dispute between the parties in court/…
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June 17, 2020 0

The Appellate Conundrum – Is Every Decision Appealable?

A claim in court generally involves two parties from opposite ends attempting to stake a claim in the dispute between them. To this end, we all know that there will always be a party that drew the shorter end of the stick i.e. they did not succeed in their claim. This is where the appeal…
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May 1, 2020 0

Can You Sue Your Condo’s Management?

What happens when a condominium “condo” you live in is in a state of disrepair? What can you do? Who can you sue? Today, we will briefly discuss just this issue.  Who manages a condo? So who manages the condo? You as the owner of a unit in the condo? A corporate entity? Your neighbor’s…
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March 23, 2020 1

Criminal 101 – The Right to Remain Silent

When you are arrested by a police officer, you are normally accorded a myriad of legal rights in this country. Amongst them is the right to remain silent. However, and as we will find out soon enough, this right can potentially be a double-edged sword.  What is it about? The right to remain silent is…
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March 16, 2020 0

Can a Bankrupt Transfer Properties?

Can an individual who is declared bankrupt transfer a movable property (for example, shares) to another person? This issue is dealt with in Yui Chin Song & Ors v Lee Ming Chai & Ors. While the case dealt with other matters of law, we will be solely focusing on the above issue in this article.  …
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February 25, 2020 0