Court judgments now online for everyone to read
Chief Justice Raus Sharif says this will make the public better appreciate the reasoning employed in reported judgments before coming to their own conclusions.
Chief Justice Raus Sharif said the Malaysian judiciary will be among the first in Asean to overcome the problem of accessing reported judgments online.
KUALA LUMPUR: Everyone can now read Malaysian court judgments on the Malaysian Judgments Portal for them to have a better understanding of the law, Chief Justice Raus Sharif said today.
He said in todayâs world, law reports had been largely digitalised and accessible only to its subscribers, lawyers and law academics.
As a result, non-legal professionals and the general public remained hindered from accessing reported judgments online, he added.
âTo this end, the Malaysi an judiciary will be among the first in Asean to overcome this problem.
âWe have collaborated with the Asean Legal Information Centre and the Malaysian Law Deansâ Council to come up with this innovative solution to ensure that court judgments are readily accessible to anyone with internet access and interested in reading and referring to Malaysian judgments, either locally or abroad,â he said after launching the beta version of the portal at an event hosted by Universiti Malaya here today.
Raus pointed out that the portal would simultaneously provide quality reported judgments to the general public while giving law students and academics invaluable experience in the art of law reporting.
âThis will indeed serve to strengthen the symbiotic relationship between the judiciary and the legal academia.â
He said there were also some plans to expand the contents of the portal to include selected High Court judgments, as well as judgments from quasi -judicial tribunals like the Industrial Court.
He said with the creation of the portal, it was hoped that baseless criticisms against court decisions would cease and the public would be able to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the law and appreciate the reasoning employed in reported judgments before coming to their own conclusions.
Raus also said a total of 130 judgments of cases, including M Indira Gandhiâs case over the unilateral conversion of her three children to Islam, had been uploaded onto the portal as of yesterday.
Of the total, he said 121 cases were reported by the Court of Appeal while nine other cases were reported by the Federal Court.
Full judgments delivered by the Federal Court will be made available on the portal soon.
The portal can be reached at www.judgments.my and would be designated as the official repository of Malaysian Court Judgments.
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