KUALA LUMPUR: The public now has access to Malaysian court judgments on the Internet, which can give them better access to the latest developments in the law.
Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif (pic) said Monday (April 16) that in today's world, law reports had been largely digitalised and accessible only to subscribers, lawyers and law academics, while non-legal professionals and the general public remain hindered from accessing reported judgments online.
"The Malaysian Judiciary will be among the first in ASEAN to overcome this problem.
"We have collaborated with the ASEAN Legal Information Centre and the Malaysian Law Deans' Council, to come up with this innovative solution to ensure that court judgments are readily accessible to anyone with Internet access," he said after launching the beta version of the portal at an event hosted by Universiti Malaya here Monday.
He added that there were plans to expand the portal's content to include selected High Court Judgments, as well as those from quasi-judicial tribunals like the Industrial Court.
He hoped that with such readily-available access to legal judgments, baseless criticism against court decisions would cease and the public would be able appreciate the reasoning employed in reported judgments.
Raus also said a total of 130 judgments, including M. Indira Ghandi's case over unilateral conversion of her three children to Islam, was available on the portal.
Of the total, he said there were 121 Court of Appeal and nine Federal Court cases.
Full judgments delivered by the Federal Court will be made available on the portal soon.
The portal, www.judgments.my, will also be designated as the official repository of Malaysian Court Judgments. – Bernama