Raising Matters for Mention in Law Courts

A matter on ground is said to be “for mention” in Court where the matter is not formally listed for a plea of guilty or a plea of not guilty. A court mention differs from other types of Court hearings, such as trials. A court mention usually marks the beginning of a court process. 

This word has been accepted in the legal circle to cover a date supplied by court fixed specifically to resolve certain questions. 

The First mention

This will generally be the firstpoint of interaction with the courts. For criminal proceedings, the first time that you go to court is called a ‘mention’. The purpose of the mention is for the court to find out whether the defendant wants to plead guilty or not guilty.

For civil matters , this is typically a time allocated to the parties attending for the purposes of furthering the matter. Time spent appearing at a Court mention usually involves putting in place a timetable for the remainder of proceedings for parties to follow and abide by.

Further Mention

This is the second or subsequent listing of a mention of your matter. As with a first mention the matter can finish as a plea of guilty or be adjourned. If you are pleading not guilty the matter will be adjourned to a contest mention or straight to a contested hearing / plea of not guilty (depending on the circumstances).

Suriyadi J in the Malaysian case, Ger-Mal Sdn Bhd v Zulkifli Hassan & Anor [2001] had opined that ''even though the terminology of “mention” has no place in the Rules of the High Court 1980, courts have generally adverted to its usage not infrequently, due to its acceptability by the legal fraternity and the judicial system"

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