Virtual Hearings of Criminal Matters – A Necessity in the Face of Adversity?

22 May 2020 - Fri / 1 day / 3:00pm - 4:00pm / CPD Live Session at Zoom

This CPD Live session explores about virtual hearings for criminal cases through discussion with a panel of relevant stakeholders – the Judiciary, Deputy Public Prosecutor, and criminal lawyers.

Law Student: RM 0
Member: RM 0
Members admitted from 1 July 2011: RM 0
Non-Member: RM 60
Pupil in Chambers: RM 0
Organisers: Bar Council

CPD Points: 1
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This CPD Live Session carries 1 CPD point.

It is free of charge for Members of the Bar, pupils in chambers, and law students, but advance registration is required. The registration fee for non-Members is RM60.

Upon successful registration, a link to the CPD Live Session will be emailed to registered participants only. Registration will close at 3:00 pm, 21 May 2020 (Thursday).

No additional registration will be accepted once the closing date has passed, or if the CPD Live Session is full.

The CPD Department may not permit future registration if you fail to attend a CPD Live Session after registering, unless you provide an acceptable and valid reason(s).

It has been argued that access to justice would be disrupted if virtual hearings replace conventional face-to-face hearings. Is this true or is it a mere cliché?

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, are we still in a position to insist on a face-to-face hearing in a physical courtroom, or is it time for us to be innovative in embracing technology and thus proceed with virtual hearings?

These are real questions that need answers, and in order to do so, we have brought together three speakers: each representing their respective stakeholders in the administration of the criminal justice system — a Judge of the High Court, a Deputy Public Prosecutor, and a defence counsel — to share with us their thoughts on this important issue.

CPD Live is an initiative by the Bar Council during the Movement Control Order, so that Members and pupils are not deprived of continuous learning even during these times.

Come join CPD Live at the comfort of your own home!



Saiful Hazmi bin Mohd Saad is currently a Deputy Public Prosecutor from the General Crime and Public Order Unit of the Prosecution Division, Attorney General’s Chambers. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and used to serve as a Deputy Public Prosecutor in Kuala Lumpur and in Kelantan, and the Anti-Corruption Agency Malaysia (“ACA”), now known as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (“MACC”).

Dev Kumaraendran was admitted as advocate and solicitor to the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in 2000 and the High Court of Malaya in 2001. He has been an active member of the Criminal Bar ever since, and throughout his 19-year career, he has undertaken all criminal briefs, specialising in offences of murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping and white collar crimes ranging from cases heard at the Magistrates’ Court to the Federal Court.

He served as Secretary of the Penang Bar Committee from 2007 to 2013 and is Chairman of the Penang Bar’s Continuing Professional Development Subcommittee from 2019 to 2021. Dev is also on the Bar Council’s Criminal Law Committee (2009–2013, 2019–2021) and Continuing Professional Development Committee (2019–2021). In 2005, he was appointed by the Penang Bar Legal Aid Committee to establish and run the first Dock Brief Programme outside of Kuala Lumpur, setting up and training the first batch of students from 2005 till 2007.

Dev has been a certified Bar Council Trainer for Criminal Advocacy since 2016.

Suzana Norlihan was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in High Court of Malaya in 2001, and has since been handling only criminal trials and criminal appeals involving offences under the Penal Code such as murder, rape, robbery, arm robbery, theft, etc, Dangerous Drugs Act, Firearms Act, Kidnapping Act, Anti-Money Laundering Act, LLPK (Langkah-Langkah Pencegahan Khas), ISA, POCA, etc. Some of her cases have been reported in the newspapers and law journals and became references to other cases in Malaysia.



Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali read Law at the International Islamic University Malaysia (“IIUM”) and graduated with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree in 2001.

Rafique is an active Member of the Bar and has been a member of the Bar Council for two terms, successfully running and being selected as a Council Member from the floor. He is currently the Co-Chairperson of the Bar Council Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (“IPCMC”) Committee as well as the Co-Chairperson of the Sports Committee. He also serves as the Deputy Chairperson of the Criminal Law Committee.

Rafique is a regular speaker at Bar events and has an effusive attitude when it comes to advocacy and courtroom skills. He is also an avid trainer of advocacy courses, ever willing to impart knowledge to other Members of the Bar.

He acts as counsel for appellate briefs and issues pertaining to criminal law and human rights. He still takes on court-assigned capital punishment matters, and at times still walks into courtrooms on a pro bono basis.

Terms and Conditions

A Step-By-Step Guide to Join the CPD Live Session

(1) For seamless streaming, download the Zoom app
You will be given a webinar ID and a password to join CPD Live once your registration has been confirmed.

(2) Log in to Zoom, and provide your username
For Members of the Bar or pupils-in-chambers, use the format below for identification purposes when prompted:

Full name (as per NRIC) | Bar Council membership number or petition number

For non-members, provide your full name only.

(3) Setup your space
Ensure that you have a strong Internet connection. You may use an earpiece with microphone for clarity.

(4) Mute your microphone
When CPD Live is ongoing, please mute your microphone on Zoom at all times to ensure there is no interruption from your end.

(5) You may raise questions during the Question-and-Answer session only
Please take note that no speaking is allowed when the CPD Live Session is taking place.

If you wish to raise a question, please type in the chat box and the speaker will respond accordingly.

(6) Please, do not do this
Screen recording, sharing the webinar ID and password links, reproducing the content of the CPD Live Session on any platform are strictly not allowed.

Any unregistered person may be removed without prior notice, and no CPD point will be awarded. Failure to adhere to this may result in disciplinary action by the Bar Council.


Event Policy

Places are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For events with registration fees, all payments must be made in advance, including bank charges. Registration will be confirmed once proof of payment is provided by email or fax, and full payment is received.

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Cancellations must be made in writing.

If you have failed to inform the organiser on your cancellation for three consecutive times, you may be blacklisted for future events.


Refunds will be processed after the event is completed. This may take up to 30 business days. The conditions for refunds are as follows:

  • Full refunds will be issued if the event is cancelled or postponed by the organiser due to some circumstances.
  • No refunds for this course. However substitution is allowed.

The organiser reserves the right to modify, cancel or postpone the event, should circumstances arise that make such action necessary, whereupon all registration fees paid will be refunded.


You are allowed to transfer your place to another participant, but you must notify the organiser with the necessary details.


CPD points will not be awarded to lawyers and pupils in chambers from Peninsular Malaysia who arrive more than 15 minutes late, are not present throughout the event, or leave before its scheduled end.


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  • No part of the event content may be used/reproduced in any form without the written and explicit consent of the Bar Council and speaker(s).



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