E-court set to revolutionise judiciary system

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.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/8/14/courts/4516658&sec=courts

Friday August 14, 2009
Miri courts system a hit with Nazri
By STEPHEN THEN

MIRI: Court transcripts and rulings processed and ready for use all under three minutes.

An impressed Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Seri Nazri Tun Abdul Aziz saw this happening at the Miri Court Complex and wanted such efficiency implemented nationwide.

Sarawak and Sabah are way ahead of peninsula Malaysia when it comes to court efficiency because of the electronic court systems implemented three years ago, he said at a press conference here.

The video-conferencing facilities enable the court officers here to conduct proceedings with the courts and lawyers elsewhere in Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching. He added that maximising the use of technology helped save time and travelling costs.

I am very impressed, he said. It is time for the states in peninsula Malaysia to implement these electronic court systems.

Nazri said he would discuss with the Judiciary and to the Chief Justices in Kuala Lumpur to get the courts in peninsula to do the same. The translators here, who are well-versed in ethnic languages, also got the thumbs-up from Nazri, who noted that their ability helped the courts to dispose off cases faster and efficiently.

The minister later visited the public bus terminals here and promised to seek more fundings to help improve the services connecting Miri to the rural areas.

He will visit Bintulu, Sibu, Sarikei and Kuching next.