Legal practitioners urged to widen IT knowledge

azalina-cyber-lawKOTA TINGGI: Legal practitioners are required to widen their knowledge of Information Technology (IT) following the commencement of the Special Cyber Court on Sept 1.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said said the move would help them prepare to handle cyber crime issues that were getting more serious.

Along with the operations of the Special Cyber Court, she said judges and prosecutors in the Sessions Courts and Magistrate’s Courts will also undergo training to understand IT skills thus facilitating their understanding of related cases.

“We are working with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to conduct the training for judges and prosecutors on Aug 27 and 28,” she told reporters after officiating at the opening of Hotel AmanSari Desaru in Bandar Penawar here, yesterday.

She said the Special Cyber Court, which was set up to punish cyber crime offenders according to cyber laws, would operate at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex in Jalan Duta.

She said the court would be operating just like any other court handling cases of corruption and anti-profiteering.

“If the feedback is good, the special courts will be expanded to Johor and Penang, followed by other states.

“Studies show that the two states have many cyber crime cases,” she said.

Azalina, who is also Pengerang MP, said the establishment of the special court could help ease the flow of cases at the criminal and civil courts related to cyber crime which is on the rise now.

According to Azalina, there will also be a team at the special court to track down those who slander and commit offences on social media.

Meanwhile, in a separate event, 331 people from around Pengerang participated in the Johor state-level “Kayuhan Patriot Fun Ride 2016” organised by the National Civics Bureau (BTN) in conjunction with the Merdeka month.

Azalina, in her speech, said the programme was among BTN’s ongoing efforts to nurture the spirit of patriotism via cycling activities involving leaders and the public.

At the event, she also presented an allocation of RM350,000 to 59 schools and 11 Parent-Teacher Associations in Pengerang.