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The Curious Case of Bunya Anak Julong: Lessons on Trial Advocacy

The role of the judge is to adjudicate rather than participate. Advocacy text always points to making the evidence “persuasive” for the fact finder. However, many advocates will admit that the simplicity ends there. Cases may be lost and won simply because of the conduct of the questioning. This article illustrates one such instance in the Malaysian case of Bunya Anak Julong v The Pubclic Prosecutor, as it prompted much discussion about the law pertaining to statutory rape.




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