KUALA LUMPUR: The Appeals Court in Putrajaya will for the first time hear a case using online communication technology, with the appellant following the proceedings from the Kajang Prison tomorrow.
A statement issued by the office of the Federal Court’s chief registrar stated that the appeal to be held via video conferencing is over the appellant’s conviction and sentence under Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang robbery.
“During the proceedings, the judge will be at the Palace of Justice, while the lawyers and deputy public prosecutor will be online at their respective offices,” it said.
The judiciary, it said, always moved in line with developments in technology to ensure the continuity of the administration of justice during the Covid-19 pandemic, including for prisoners.
“Priority is given to prison inmates whose sentences are nearing completion, child offenders and juveniles, cases of public interest and other considerations which the court deems fit.”
It said that the online criminal appeal proceedings are only applicable for convicts serving time in prison.
It said a directive to that effect, which will take effect tomorrow, had been issued by Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.
It is the judiciary’s hope that this initiative will improve the quality of access to justice by optimising the use of technology, it said.