Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Laws to be amended for e-justice, says Nazri

KOTA KINABALU: The Government is considering amending laws to allow the e-filing of court documents as part of efforts to encourage a more efficient justice system.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz said that at present, the hard copy of documents were needed under the Rules of the High Court to file the various applications in court cases.

“We will have to change the law to allow also for the filing of digital copies via e-filing,” he said yesterday after visiting the Kota Kinabalu courts where he was briefed by High Court Judge David Wong on the operations of the courts in the state.

“I believe that e-court is the best way forward to boost efficiency as it will cut costs, time and red tape,” Nazri said.

He said the reviews to update the laws were being carried out by his deputy Datuk V.K. Liew.

He noted that courts in Sabah and Sarawak made use of the information technology, adding that this had helped speed up the court process.

“I am impressed. It is good,” he said.

Nazri said, however, he was told by Wong that many law firms were reluctant to use file court documents digitally as they preferred to obtain a court seal on the papers.

The minister suggested that the courts and legal firms worked out a mechanism so that a digital seal could be obtained.

Nazri, who is in Sabah on a three-day working visit, said the Government hoped to set up a new court complex costing RM260mil.

The minister also visited the Sabah office of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Legal Aid bureau and Insolvency Department offices.

He is scheduled to visit Pulau Sipadan today to check on the needs of the security forces serving in the island before visiting the temporary detention centres for illegal immigrants in Tawau and here.

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