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Friday September 8, 2006

New Kuala Lumpur court complex ready by March


PUTRAJAYA: The new Kuala Lumpur court complex, slated to be the world's biggest, will be ready within six months. 

Prime Minister’s Department’s legal affairs division deputy director-general Hamidah Khalid, said although work on the project was slightly delayed, it would be completed by March next year. 

She said the work, which began on a 12.1ha piece of land along the Jalan Duta area on March 1, 2004, was now 97% completed. 

According to Hamidah, besides housing 30 High Courts, 21 Sessions Courts and 26 magistrate courts, there would also be 500 parking bays for the public, 300 bays for court staff and 200 bays for the judges and magistrates. 

“The court complex will also be landscaped, providing rest areas and even a mini park for the public in line with the Government's efforts to make the public, staff and judges feel comfortable,” said Hamidah who briefed Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin during his working visit to the Palace of Justice recently. 

Hamidah also said there would be four courtrooms specifically designated for the use of television to air court hearings or for giving of evidence by child witnesses. 

She added that the complex would have a library, business centre, a cafeteria and tunnel access to holding rooms for the accused.  

Closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) would be placed around the interior and exterior of the court complex.  

“Wireless Internet connection will be available throughout the complex vicinity and there are plans to introduce e-Court facilities that would enable court procedures to be done online,” she said

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