Virtual Hearings – The New Normal in Advocacy

24 Apr 2020 - Fri / 1 day / 11:00am - 12:00pm / CPD Live Session at ezTalks

Virtual hearings, as part of social distancing, will be part of the “new normal”. Courts in various jurisdictions have already adopted virtual hearings in the administration of justice. This CPD Live Session will cover: (a) preparations for a virtual hearing; and (b) dos and don’ts when conducting a virtual hearing.

Highlight: Registration is closed due to overwhelming response.
Law Student: RM 0
Member: RM 0
Members admitted from 1 July 2011: RM 0
Non-Member: RM 0
Pupil in Chambers: RM 0
Organisers: Bar Council

CPD: Legal Learning Lab
CPD Points: 1
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This CPD Live Session carries 1 CPD point. It is free of charge, but advance registration is required.

Upon successful registration, a link to the CPD Live Session will be emailed to registered participants only. Registration will close on 22 Apr 2020 (Wednesday).

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

Note that participants who have registered for the CPD Live Session, but fail to attend without valid reason(s) will be blacklisted for the next session.


Virtual hearings, as part of social distancing, will be part of the “new normal”. Courts in various jurisdictions have already adopted virtual hearings in the administration of justice. This CPD Live Session will cover:

  • Preparations for a virtual hearing
  • Dos and don’ts when conducting a virtual hearing

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 during such times.

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


Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima David Wong Dak Wah
Former Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak

His Lordship read law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. From 1978 to 1979, His Lordship was attached to a public accounting firm in Sydney as a qualified auditor, and was admitted as a barrister of the New South Wales Supreme Court in Australia in 1979.

The following year, His Lordship was admitted to the Sabah Bar and practised as an advocate and solicitor in Sandakan until 1992. His Lordship later practised in Sydney until 1996, returning to Sabah in 1997 as an advocate and solicitor in Peter Lo & Co until 2005.

His Lordship was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak in Kuching in 2005 and was elevated as a Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak with effect from 11 Apr 2007.

Later, His Lordship was elevated as a Judge of the Court of Appeal on 8 Jan 2013 and to the Federal Court Malaysia on 27 Apr 2018. On 11 July 2018, His Lordship was appointed as the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak.

Low Chi Cheng
Partner, Low Aljafri & Associates

Low Chi Cheng was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1992. She was also admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore in November 2004. A partner of Low AlJafri & Associates, she practises mainly in commercial / civil litigation and arbitration. Chi Cheng has been an advocacy trainer for the Malaysian Bar since 2014 and is a committee member of the Bar Council Advocacy Training Committee. She has conducted advocacy training programmes and advocacy teacher training programmes in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Andrew Chiew Ean Vooi
Partner, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Andrew Chiew was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1997, and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1998. He is a partner in the Banking and Insolvency Practice Group at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. An advocacy trainer since 2011, he has conducted advocacy training throughout Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, Ireland, and South Africa. Andrew was also a member of the faculty for the Advanced International Advocacy Training Course at Keble College, Oxford in 2015.

Terms and Conditions

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

(1) You will be given a link to the CPD Live Session once your registration is confirmed.

(2) For seamless streaming, we strongly recommend you to download the ezTalks mobile app (iPhone or Android), or the desktop app (refer to “ezTalks Meetings for Windows or Mac” here).

Participation via web browser is discouraged due to reported loss of sound and video. 

(3) Register at ezTalks Webinar at least an hour before the CPD Live Session. The process may require about five minutes, depending on Internet speed and browser used.

(4) Fill in your registration particulars in the link provided. Upon submission, a confirmation email by the CPD Department will be sent to your registered email. It will contain a webinar ID and a 4-digit invitation code.

(5) To join the CPD Live Session via ezTalks Webinar, enter your webinar ID and 4-digit invitation code. For Members of the Bar or pupils in chambers, use the format below for identification purposes when prompted:

Last name | Bar Council membership number or petition number

For non-Members, provide your full name only.

(6) Log into ezTalks Webinar at least 15 minutes before the CPD Live Session commences. Do not exit and re-enter the waiting room; this is to prevent disruption and minimise heavy Internet traffic.

(7) Do not share the link (including webinar ID and password) to any persons that have not registered for the CPD Live Session.

(8) Ensure the speaker settings of your electronic devices are enabled. 

(9) To raise a question, type in the chat box and the speaker will respond accordingly during the Question-and-Answer Session.

(10) No screen recording, sharing, or reproducing the content of the CPD Live Session on any platform is allowed. Failure to adhere 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.

For events that are not organised by Bar Council, please note that you are subject to the relevant terms and conditions specified by the external providers.


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.


The personal information that you provide to the Bar Council, whether now or in the future, may be used, recorded, stored, disclosed or otherwise processed by or on behalf of the Bar Council for the purposes of facilitation and organisation of this event, research and audit, maintenance of a participant database for the promotion of this event, and such ancillary services as may be relevant.


  • Materials will be emailed only. No printed notes will be provided.
  • No recording of the event is permitted via any means at any time.
  • 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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