Photo - Malaysian lawyers attend briefing sessions on the new system.
Malaysian digital solutions provider Omesti Group's eCOURTS solution is continuing its expansion across Malaysia with the recent activation in a third location, the High Court Complex in Kota Bahru.
Mah Xian-Zhen, executive director at Omesti Group (Omesti), said the digital online solution's efiling system will help to track cases, adding that the latest expansion is part of the Federal Court of Malaysia's programme to improve court operations and productivity for the judiciary, court officers and legal practitioners.
"This is a major milestone in the expansion roll-out of the eCOURTS system," she said. "Kota Bharu is the third location to go live in the current expansion roll-out and it is very encouraging to see that there has been such a positive response, particularly in Kota Bharu."
She added that Omesti was implementing the eFILING system in additional locations in conjunction with the Federal Court Chief Registrar's Office and Nazri bin Ismail, deputy registrar for eFILING. Briefing sessions were organised by the eKEHAKIMAN [judiciary] team ahead of the roll-out, attended by more than 200 lawyers.
"One of the key benefits of full integration is that no matter where lawyers are located they can file online over a secure system," said Nazri. "When fully rolled out to the rest of the locations throughout Peninsular Malaysia, the eCOURTS system will align court processes across the country and automate tracking of documents and cases, making it faster and easier for everyone."
"Lawyers are able to do things by themselves rather than coming to the Court and Court Officers will be able to access the information they need from anywhere at any time," he said.
A lunch ceremony marking this latest implementation was held at the Kota Bharu High Court in the presence of guest of honour Yang Amat Arif Tun Arifin Bin Zakaria, chief justice of Malaysia, together with members of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), dignitaries from the Kota Bharu Court and local officials.
80 percent reduction in pending cases
Omesti's Mah said that eFILING was now in operation at eight Court Complexes across the country: Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor, Penang, Johor Bharu, Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu and now Kota Bharu.
In addition to eFILING, the core of the eCOURTS solution is the Case Management System, which allows court officials to track and monitor cases, as well as access past records and notes of proceedings, she said. A Queue Management (QMS) module allowed members of the public and legal practitioners to obtain up-to-date court schedules via kiosks available in court buildings. Lawyers can also apply for a hearing with a High Court Registrar in chambers through the QMS. A Court Recording & Transcription module facilitates easy capture of court proceedings and subsequent transcription and review.
A company statement added that the OMESTI eCOURTS solution was first introduced in Malaysia in 2009 with full integration achieved in 2011. Within the first 12 months alone, there was an 80 percent reduction in the number of pending cases and a 50 percent reduction in the time required for trial, judgment, filing and service. OMESTI has since been working with the eFILING team to help implement the roadmap for further digital integration across the country. Since initial roll-out of the system, Malaysia has risen from position No 60 in the World Bank's Ranking for Enforcing Contracts to No 29.
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