05th August, 2022

Dear Members and Pupils of Selangor Bar,

The Selangor Bar Civil Practice and Court Liaison Subcommittee has brought to the attention of the Shah Alam Courts and highlighted the issues and problems encountered by the public who have been prevented from entering the court premises due to what has been deemed inappropriate Footwear, ie the wearing of sandals.

The court has assured us that there will be no restriction for the public to be wearing sandals within the court premises as long as it is not slippers. Trivial as it it may seemingly be, the distinction has been made clear to the Courts between the two types of footwear and the type of litigants that have no choice at times but to resort to the “right footwear” due to physical Inabilities or restrictions. The public will not be restricted from accessing the courts as long as they are decently attired.

Over and above that, we wish to update members that we will be monitoring on the subjective interpretation of what is deemed decent attire and will engage the courts if we receive complaints on any arbitrary imposition of standards of decency.

The Courts will take the necessary action and will inform the guards on the ground in regard to this issue to prevent this from happening again in the future.

Thank you.

Kokila Vaani Vadiveloo
Selangor Bar Committee


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