Digital legal aid centre to be set up in Sabah

  • Nation
  • Monday, 19 Aug 2019

KOTA KINABALU: The country’s first Digital and Artificial Intelligence Legal Aid Centre is being set up in Sabah to provide legal advice to the public.

The centre will open its doors at the Grand Merdeka Shopping Mall in Telipok, about 21km from the state capital, in November.

Lawyer Marcel Jude, who is among those helping to set up of the centre, said legal advice would be free of charge.

However, users will still need to pay for computer services.

The premises for the digital legal aid centre together with the computers will be provided by a local outfit.

Jude said he would be providing the software and artificial intelligence to run the centre.

He said the centre was 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 access Malaysian legal information using artificial intelligence?” he said. “While legal resources are available online, the information is more customised to American users.”

Those using the centre in Sabah, he said, would need basic computer knowledge such as using Windows and Word.

“Users will need to register before using the computers which have statutes, case law, text books, agreements, forms and precedents, ” he said.

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