Criminal appeal hearings to begin via video-conferencing from Monday (March 1)

PETALING JAYA: Virtual criminal appeal hearings will begin at the Federal Court, Appellate Courts and High Courts nationwide via video-conferencing from Monday (March 1), says the Federal Court’s Chief Registrar’s office.

In a statement, it said the priority for such hearings will be given to prisoners who are nearing their sentence terms, child offenders, underage offenders, cases with public interest and any other cases which the courts decide fit to do so.

“This type of virtual criminal appeal hearing proceedings will only be used for prisoners who are represented by lawyers or unrepresented and are currently undergoing their sentence in prisons.

“The Malaysian judiciary has introduced this management of criminal appeal proceedings via the long distance communication technology during this Covid-19 pandemic for all criminal case appeals proceedings in the Federal Court, Appeal Courts and High Courts nationwide using video conferencing.

“On March 1 (tomorrow), a criminal appeal case will be heard by the Appeal Court of Putrajaya on the appeal against conviction and sentencing under Section 395 of the Penal Code. This appeal will be heard via video conferencing and will be followed by the appelor (prisoner) from the Kajang Prison, ” it said on Sunday (Feb 28).

It said that the order on managing the proceedings was issued by the Chief Justice of Malaysia Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and will be implemented from March 1 onwards.

The Court of Appeal first heard civil cases via live streaming beginning last April due to the movement control order to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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