Digital, AI-based legal aid centre to open doors in Sabah

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 18 Aug 2019

KOTA KINABALU: People needing legal advice and information can do so soon at a planned Digital and Artificial Intelligence Legal Aid Centre that will be launched here in November.

The centre, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the country, is set to be launched at the Grand Merdeka Shopping Mall in Telipok, some 21km from the state capital.

The exact date will be announced later.

Lawyer Marcel Jude, who was among the people behind the setting up of this centre, said the legal advice service would be free of charge.

"However, patrons need to pay for the computer services used," he said.

He said the shoplot to house the digital legal aid centre together with the computers would be provided by a local computer company.

Jude will provide the software and artificial intelligence to run the centre.

He said the setting up of the centre is possible because basic computer literacy in Malaysia and Sabah has gone up in the last decade.

"People now get medical information on the Internet so why not Malaysian legal information using artificial intelligence?" he asked.

Jude said though the Internet has legal resources, these existing ones are more customised to American users instead of Malaysians.

He said for this upcoming centre in Sabah, those who go the centre for legal aid or self-help need to have basic computer knowledge such as using Windows and Word.

He said they also need to register before they can use one of the computers which would contain statutes, case law, text books, agreements, forms and precedents.

Jude said a lawyer and a computer professional will be on hand to help with using the computers and access the resources.

Three lawyers have so far volunteered to help man the centre, which is a private sponsored effort.

"We are looking for more volunteers," he said.

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