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What is the CLJ Legal Network?

The CLJ Legal Network Sdn Bhd (192353 V) is an independent fully Malaysian owned internet company.  Legal Network provides a boutique service to legal researchers interested in Malaysian law.  We are proactive supporters of Internet Technology for legal research.  We believe that our independence and small size allows us to push the limits in legal publishing in terms of low cost and quality service.

Legal Network provides an Internet publishing service that gives subscribers access to databases of legal information at a very low cost. The databases includes cases, articles, practice notes, forms and legislation. The databases can be searched electronically.

CLJ Legal Network started in 1997 to provide up to date information of Malaysia's Legal System. It carries a complete collection of Malaysian legislation and case laws from the courts, procedures, directories and other legal information. We are an Internet company only and understand the value of staying ahead of the rest.  We aim for the best quality in content and service. Users can expect emails answered within a reasonable time no matter when they are sent and phone assistance during Malaysian office hours.


What can CLJ Legal Network do for my law practice?
Now, using CLJ Legal Network legal researchers can query entire libraries in minutes — with results that are far more accurate, comprehensive, and less time-consuming than manual book research.  Your law practice will benefit from both time and cost savings. 

Members can select from all MCLJ publications as well as all other cases not previously published by MCLJ.  We have the only library of this magnitude in Malaysia.  Judgments go back to 1894 - and our aim  is to have the biggest database of Malaysian judgments.  CLJ LN  publishes every case sent to us by the courts (so long as it is received in digital format) whether or not a printed version is available.  Any case that is published by MCLJ has the same head notes and catchwords as in the printed version.  In addition such cases are available to members for printing in the same format (PDF files) as the printed version at no extra cost. If a case is missing and we have the hard copy we will fax it to a member upon request (there may be some low charge to cover the cost of the fax time depending on the location of the member.) Legal Network is the only legal site to offer members a complete legal library that can be used in court.

The CLJ Legal Network provides:-

  • fast and inexpensive 24 hour access to the latest information;
  • access to your MCLJ library and other legal materials from wherever you are in the world - we do not restrict individual members to one PC;
  • ability to search across multiple publications;
  • no more storage or filing printed services or trying to locate the latest CDROM disk;
  • cases and legislation are in easy to print format;
  • No online time charges - all online access is unlimited use for either monthly or yearly periods with no extra charges.

What is the content of the legal databases?

Malaysian Current Law Journal (MCLJ) Publications

All Current Law Journal (CLJ) and Supplement series (CLJSupp) - judgments from the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court of Malaysia reported in MCLJ printed publications from 1981 to date.

This translates to savings equivalent to RM50,000.00 which is the cost of purchasing a full set of hard copy journals.

The Industrial Law Reports (ILR) - awards issued by the Industrial Courts of Malaysia and selected High Court and Appellate decisions on related cases from 1980 to date.

Laporan Syariah/Syariah Reports (CLJ(Sya)) – reported decisions from the Syariah Courts in Malaysia from 2004 to date.

All case laws are printable in pdf format in an identical layout as appears in MCLJ publications. This allows subscribers to see and use page numbers and paragraph letterings as if they had a printed copy of the reported judgment. In addition, the page break feature in the pdf version enables printing of selected pages.

Legislation

Malaysian Principal Legislation
This consists of all Federal Numbered Acts from Act 1 to date. There are over 700 such enactments. Any new enactments are added to our database and made available online as soon as we have them in electronic form. All legislation are consolidated - i.e. amendments are incorporated into the Acts soon after they come into force. Changes are noted on the Principals Acts. In 2002, we began working on versioning certain key Acts so that subscribers are able to see the Act as it was at a specified date.

Malaysian Subsidiary Legislation
This consists of selected Rules and Regulations from the PUA series dating from 1957 and all PUAs from 1999 onwards. There are over 600 such rules and regulations. Amendments to subsidiary legislation are also available. CLJ Law will add more additional Rules and Regulations, as they become available in future. In addition, lists of other PUA and PUB are included.

Malaysian Amending Acts
Amending Acts A500 are available in full text. Lists of Amending Acts from Act A1-500 are also provided.

Malaysian State Legislation
This consists of State Enactments presented in three versions - original, updated and individual amending provisions. Currently available are the States of Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Kelantan, Pahang, Selangor, Penang, Perak, Johore & Malacca State Enactments. The rest of the States including the East Malaysian States of Sabah and Sarawak will be added to the database in stages.

Malaysian Bills
The current year's Bills of Parliament are available - these include Bills of Principal and Amending Acts given their first reading in the Malaysian Federal Parliament. A link to Hansard for selected Bills is also provided so that you may follow the debates.

Malaysian Treaties
This database has over 100 Multilateral Treaties and Conventions to which Malaysia is a part or full signatory to in full text.

Legislative Forms
This is a database of forms taken from the Schedules of Principal Acts, Rules and Regulations, that can be browsed or searched by subscribers. The forms are available as editable files using a word processing program.

Articles

This is a searchable and browseable database of articles as appearing in MCLJ publications and the LNS article series. The articles are arranged by year, title, subject, and author. The articles are of a high quality on contemporary legal topics.

Practice Notes/Directions

This is a searchable and browseable database of Practice Notes and Directions from the superior courts from 1945 to date. The database is searchable by year or issue, word/phrase, place of issue and title.

Words & Phrases

This database is a collection of all the MCLJ published cases where the head note contains the Catchword "Words and Phrases". The data consists of over 300 words / phrases with short judicial interpretations. The descriptions are linked to
the judgments for fuller research.


What does the search engine do?

The search engine is linked to software that creates a database out of text. Some of the text is further arranged into fields (e.g. name of court)  so that searching can be limited to and by these fields.  It is this database that allows the data to be searched. Case law,  legislation, practice notes, forms and articles are fully indexed by the search engine. Electronic indexing means that each and every word in a judgment or legislation can be found through the search engine. In addition, the indexing means that free text searches (on words or phrases) and well as searches on fields (e.g. date, subject headings, etc.) is possible.

The detailed search program allows you to search the data for any occurrence of any word, phrase, in the entire text or in any field or combination of fields. The number and type of fields depend on the database content and structure.

Comprehensive soft linking  in the cases allows intelligent results to be found by a search. Soft linking means that a search using a common name for a case will also find the case where it has been referred to by its correct citation.   It also provides the most accurate way of searching for a section of legislation in the text of the cases. 

Softlinking links the case database to itself as well as to the legislation database.   In the text of a case any reference to another case or legislation elsewhere in the CLJ LN databases will be linked. 

Case Searches

Search Fields - word/phrase, Case Name, MCLJ Citation, court judge, counsel, judgment date, subject heading/keywords, legislation title

The free text search field allows searches for a particular word or phrase used in the judgments and head notes (where head notes exist).

Searches can be done using one or any combination of these fields. This allows the search to be as narrow or wide as you wish.

Search Results - The number of cases found, Case Name, Court, Date of Judgment, Citation (if reported)

The Results are ranked in order by the Court giving the judgment.

The Case Names are hypertext linked to the text of the case, there are additional links directly to the headnotes and catchwords of the case and the context of the search string.   Each occurrence of the search term (or terms) is highlighted in the text. Users are able print out the entire text or copy it to your PC.

Legislation Searches

Search Fields - Free Text and Advanced

The free text search field allows searches for a particular word or phrase used in the legislation. Advanced searching allows a  user to find and search all Acts within subject area/s, search within one or more Acts or search within a section of one or more Acts

You can also browse the legislation by clicking on the title of the Act and locating a section as listed in the Arrangement of Section of the Act.  Each section in this index is hyper linked to the text of the section. You can move to the next and previous section from the text of each section.

Search Results :

- a total count of the sections with the search word or phrase, the number of the section, the name of the section and the name of the legislation. The search results will be ordered alphabetically by the name of the legislation. The name of the section is hyper-linked to the text of the section. Each occurrence of the word or phrase is highlighted in the text of the legislation.

All sections are displayed in context of the previous and subsequent sections.

The databases and search engine are housed on a powerful IBM server (IBM PC Server 704 Pentium Pro 200MHz) at the CLJ LN offices. The CLJ LN technical staff aim to ensure that the server is able to process all enquiries at fast speeds at all times.


Does the CLJ LN provide assistance with using the database?

There is on-line assistance with all the features available at CLJ LN. There is specific help for using the search engine and for electronic searching generally. A tutorial is available that takes you through all the steps of an actual search.  FAQ allow you to view some of the answers to questions that regularly arise.

We provide links to other places that you can find help with electronic searching on the Internet.

All the staff at CLJ LN are willing to assist you to learn how to search our legal databases and speedily locate the file you are looking for. Members of the CLJ LN team may be contacted by email, fax or phone for help. In many cases we can organize a training session for you or your organization - especially if large groups in KL are involved.

We believe that if a new member who has no search experience uses the database regularly they will be doing expert searches within a few hours of using our search engine.  We have tried to make it simple and flexible for accurate results.


What do I need to get started?

1. Hardware

  • Minimum 486 PC 8MB RAM with 28.8 modem
  • Recommended Pentium 130Mhz 16MB RAM with 33.6 Modem

2. Internet Service Provider (ISP) Account

3. Software

  • Netscape 4+ or MS Internet Explorer 4+ (- usually comes with ISP account).  All users are urged to use Netscape 6 or MS Internet Explorer 5.5.

4. Membership of CLJ Legal Network

  • Registration details

What are the privileges of membership?

  • Full access to all the comprehensive databases at http://www.cljlaw.com/
  • Full access to the entire World Wide Web Site at http://www.cljlaw.com/
  • Full access to the practice notes, forms and articles databases (and any additional future databases)
  • Complete use of Undang-Undang Bulletin - an email bulletin of the latest Malaysian law with links to the CLJ LN Databases.
  • Full technical support and assistance with using the databases and general use of the Internet for locating law.

Does CLJ Legal Network give student discounts?

CLJ Legal Network understands that students use legal information for research and not part of their commercial activities. We encourage this use at a lower cost.

Many Universities already provide free access to Legal Network on campus.  Please check your law faculty.  If they do not provide access ask them to contact us . We offer very low rates to Educational Institutions that provide student access to our data. We do give individual student accounts at a discount rate - please email and ask for information about student discounts.

 

 

 


 
 
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