Any complaint concerning the conduct of any advocate or of any pupil shall be in writing and made and referred to the Sabah Advocates Disciplinary Board which shall deal with such complaint in accordance with such rules from time to time made under the Advocates Ordinance.
Any Court including the Industrial Court and a Syariah Court, a Judge, Sessions Court Judge or Magistrate or the State Attorney-General may refer a complaint to the Sabah Advocates Disciplinary Board.
Where a complaint is made against a legal firm, it shall be deemed made:
Complaints to the Sabah Advocates Disciplinary Board is applicable to a registered foreign lawyer, international partnership, or a qualified foreign law firm licensed under Part VII.
If an advocate:
and the Law Society considers that it would be in the public interest or in interest of the advocate’s clients or of the profession that such advocate be suspended from practice, the Law Society may apply to the Sabah Advocates Disciplinary Board for an order suspending such advocate from practice until further notice.
Any registered foreign lawyers who has been guilty of any misconduct shall be liable to be suspended for any period not exceeding five (5) years or revocation of the lawyer’s registration or reprimanded or censured or ordered to pay a fine (as the case may be).
The limitation period for any complaint against an advocate or pupil is six (6) years from the date of the right of action had accrued.
A particular exception is where the complaint is based upon the fraud of the advocate, the advocate’s agent or any person the advocate’s agent claims or that the right of action is concealed by the fraud of the advocate. The period of limitation in such cases shall only run from the date the complainant had discovered the fraud or could have with reasonable diligence have discovered it.