Courts going digital with artificial intelligence, says minister

Liew Vui Keong, the de facto law minister, thanked the Sabah and Sarawak judiciary for leading the way.

KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s courts are not only going digital but also adopting artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives to ensure easy access to justice.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong said the government was already pursuing an array of AI initiatives in digitalising the courts.

This includes the introduction of e-bail and e-review that seek to reduce the need for lawyers and litigants to physically appear in court, and digital voice to text court recording transcripts and digitally secured evidence.

“Through 2020, the government will continue to pursue and introduce additional AI initiatives to digitalise the courts and secure easy access to justice for all,” he said in a statement here today.

Liew said the Sabah and Sarawak judiciary had forged a path for legal practitioners across Malaysia to follow.

The digital initiatives would not only facilitate easy access by removing the necessity for the physical presence of parties in court, but would also be environmentally friendly as they seek to reduce the usage of paper and the carbon footprint incurred in travel, Liew said.