|More to gain from e-Judiciary|
|Tuesday, 15 May 2012 01:42pm|
©The Star (Used by permission)
by MANJIT KAUR
IPOH: The complete e-Judiciary system – covering five components – will be extended to other courts in peninsular Malaysia under a government expansion plan.
Only e-filing is currently enforced nationwide while some components of the e-Judiciary system are also being implemented in some courts.
However, the complete system is now only implemented at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya and the courts in Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, George Town, Johor Baru and Ipoh.
“These have been identified as the busiest courts and implementation (of the system) has to be carried out in stages,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.
“The courts in other places are not as busy but, nevertheless, we have plans to expand the system nationwide,” he said at a handing-over ceremony of the e-Judiciary project here yesterday.
Besides e-filing, the project components comprise the case management system, queue management system, court recording and transcription system and the services bureau.
The legal affairs division of the Prime Minister’s Department awarded the RM94mil project to Formis Network Services Sdn Bhd in December 2009 and the project was fully completed in December 2011.
On the nationwide e-filing, Nazri said with it cases can be registered online by legal firms.
“Up to the end of last month, 700 firms had registered their cases using the facility,” he said.
Nazri added that there was a backlog of 63,825 civil cases registered at High Courts nationwide in 2009 but the number was reduced to 49,457 in 2010 with the implementation of different components under the e-Judiciary system.
“We have gained recognition for the efforts from the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Sector Unit of East Asia and Pacific Region.
“The World Bank, in its Doing Business 2012 report acknowledged Malaysia as being in the Top 18 easiest countries to start or do business with. In 2011, we ranked 23rd.
“We gained all these recognitions due to the e-Judiciary system that started out with the e-filing in 2011,” he added.
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