Now, lawyers can chill and work while waiting for cases

The cafetaria at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya where lawyers can now get updates of the happenings in the court room.

PUTRAJAYA: Lawyers need no longer idle around the courtrooms while waiting for their cases to be heard, says Chief Justice Richard Malanjum.

He said television monitors would be placed at strategic locations in the Palace of Justice that housed the Federal Court and Court of Appeal to inform them when their cases would start.

“For example, they could observe a monitor placed at the court canteen while having their snacks,” he told reporters after visiting the court cafetaria today.

Malanjum said officials from the respective courts would update lawyers via the monitors the estimated time their case would start.

He said it was pointless for the counsel to remain in courtrooms while waiting for their cases to be called.

Some, he said, had waited for three hours and did nothing.

“They cannot be seen sleeping, eating or using mobile phones while the court is in session,” he said.

Malanjum said these lawyers could be productive by doing their work in the cafeteria.

The top judge said the queue management system is scheduled to be implemented here on Friday and would soon be extended to the Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam court complexes.

Meanwhile, Malanjum also revealed that the e-review of case managements here would be done without the presence of lawyers before court registrars.

“It can be done even if the lawyer is in his/her bedroom or office,” he said, adding that this would save their travelling time and cost.

Meanwhile senior lawyer Jagjit Singh welcomed the move, saying it was long overdue.

“I understand the courts and Sabah and Sarawak have implemented the programmes,” he said.