Friday, August 14th, 2009
e-court set to revolutionise judiciary system
MIRI: The judicial departments of Sarawak and Sabah created a record of sorts for being the first in the country to implement an electronic court (e-court).
It will certainly revolutionise the judiciary system in the country, says Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz here yesterday.
Sarawak and Sabah were ahead of the peninsula in the application of the cost and time-saving e-court, Nazri said during a visit to the court complex here yesterday, where he and entourage attended two petition hearings and a hearing through video conferencing in the Technology Court.
He said that lawyers and judges were not required to appear during the video conferencing. Following the success of Sarawak and Sabah, the system (e-court) would be introduced to the peninsula soon.
The minister, who is on a four-day working visit to Sarawak, was also briefed on the Mobile Court whereby magistrates and court officials are required to go to rural areas to assist people settle small cases such as late registration of birth certificates and identity cards.
Magistrate Fazira Azlina Mohd Rofli also highlighted some of the difficulties faced by the department. Among them was transportation as most of the places they have to serve were located in the upper reaches of the Baram, which required 4WD vehicles as the most ideal mode of transportation.
Nazri gave his assurance that he would bring their request to either the state government or the chief justice to look into possibility of providing 4WD vehicles for the Mobile Court here.
We are aware of this problem as this (mobile court) is something new to us. It is a new concept, which has not come to our attention. I am all for it and I shall look into this matter further, Nazri said.
The Mobile Court concept is a boon to the rural people taking into account the logistics. Without it, it would be too costly for the people to come to Miri to attend court cases or other official matters.
Nazri meanwhile approved a RM100,000 grant to furnish the Circuit Court in Batu Niah and another RM200,000 grant to the Judicial Department here for maintenance and repair works.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong, Miri High Court Judge Datuk Zulkifli Bakar and Session Court Judge Duncan Sikodol were among those present at the function.