Putrajaya has decided to allow the legal services to operate during the two-week lockdown which begins today although the sector is not listed as an essential service.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Takiyuddin Hassan said the decision took into consideration the need for the physical presence of lawyers to represent clients in court.
He said the National Security Council at a meeting yesterday took note that lawyers were still to be present during hearings for new charges, remand orders and miscellaneous criminal applications.
Lawyers involved in such cases may apply for travel permits at the nearest police station.
Meanwhile, corporate and conveyancing lawyers acting for businesses listed in the essential services sector may also seek permission through the international trade and industry ministry’s Covid-19 Intelligent Management System 3.0.