KOTA KINABALU, 28 May 2009: The government is mulling over the proposed amendment on the Rules of the High Court 1980 to enable court proceedings to be recorded digitally.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said currently, all proceedings were recorded physically on paper but the proposal to have them digitalised was relevant to the current situation.
“I have asked the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Liew Vui Keong, as the law reforms committee chair, to look into the matter so that the (high) court proceedings were not just recorded on hard copy but also on soft copy, that is by computerisation,” he told reporters after visiting the court complex, here today.
During the visit, Mohamed Nazri also expressed his satisfaction on the reduced backlog of cases in Sabah ever since the e-court system was introduced.
He also said that the ministry would ask for an allocation of RM260 million to build a new court complex here, as an addition to the existing ones.
Mohamed Nazri said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had already provided a 2ha site in Likas for the purpose and if the allocation was not approved in the near future, it would be implemented in the 10th Malaysian Plan.
The minister said he would also convene a meeting with the Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to discuss the appointment of judges for the lower courts in the state due to the long-standing shortage.
Earlier, Mohamed Nazri also visited the Sabah Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission office, Legal Aid Bureau and the Insolvency Department of Malaysia here.
Mohamed Nazri is also scheduled to tour the Sipadan Island and visit the temporary detention centres in Tawau and Papar during his working visit to Sabah which will end on 31 May. — Bernama