Sabah judiciary to use AI


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 16 Feb 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Artificial intelligence is set to make its way into Malaysian courtrooms when it is launched at a Magistrate’s Court here on Wednesday.

“It is going to be big step for the Malaysian judiciary, ” Chief Judge for Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri David Wong Dak Wah said.

He said the artificial intelligence machine would recommend the likely sentence that a magistrate could give to a person found guilty of a crime.

“The use of AI will be the first in Asia. To my knowledge, no other country apart from United States uses it this way, ” he said.

The full details and the standard operating procedures for such AI proceedings would be explained fully for public understanding during the launch, he said after opening the Borneo Colloquium on Environmental Justice here yesterday.

On the judicial discussion on environmental issues, he said the colloquium was to educate judges on the new areas of the law regarding environment and prepare them to hear such cases.

“There are many non-governmental organisations and lawyers who are active in this area (environment) and who are willing to take up environment cases, ” he added.

He said that there was already an Environmental Court in Malaysia, which is presided by a Sessions Court judge whenever cases are heard.

The colloquium saw New Zealand’s Environment Court principal judge LJ Newhook and former Chief Justice of Malaysia Tan Sri Richard Malanjum sharing their experiences on handling environment cases.

Wong hoped that the discussions would expand the perspective on environment and ensure a more holistic approach in the administration of environmental justice.

In his speech earlier, he noted that he launched the “Wildlife Sentencing Guideline” last year in Kudat, Sabah.

“This guideline was a product of discussions between the court, the Sabah Law Society and the World Wide Fund for Nature. Whilst the guideline is not binding on the courts, this can be a useful guideline, ” adding that it is hoped that there would be consistency in passing sentences in environmental cases.

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