Transparent barriers for Klang Valley courts

Safety shield: Transparent barriers will be installed in courtrooms in the Klang Valley following a pilot project in Sepang. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: As part of efforts to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, transparent barriers will be put up in Klang Valley courts in stages, starting April 1.

The Federal Court Chief Registrar’s Office (PKPMP) in Putrajaya said barriers would be installed at the counsel’s table, witness box, the dock in the courtrooms and remand rooms.

The judiciary started the transparent barrier pilot project at the Sepang Sessions and Magistrate’s courts early this month.

“The initiative to install barriers is in line with the judiciary’s efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in court premises and ensure justice services and delivery can run safely, orderly and smoothly, ” it said.

It also said the top management of the judiciary had agreed to expand the installation of barriers in the courts in the Klang Valley following the pilot project in the Sepang Court complex.

When contacted, lawyer Zaflee Pakwanteh, 51, who was in the Sepang Magistrate’s Court on Monday for mention of a case under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act, said he welcomed the move.

“I strongly agree with the installation of barriers, especially at the dock. That is the most important thing to ensure the safety of court interpreters and lawyers who have to deal with the accused, ” he said.

According to SOP, media coverage of open court proceedings is not allowed, except for cases involving public interest, and the court may consider providing space for live broadcast or coverage facility via the Zoom application. — Bernama

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