Parties in civil cases can apply for online trials in view of MCO

Lawyers can apply to the Federal Court and the Court of Appeal to have online hearings.

PUTRAJAYA: Lawyers can apply to the Federal Court and the Court of Appeal to have online hearings following the extension of the movement control order (MCO) to May 12.

A statement from the Federal Court chief registrar’s office today said this is to ensure parties to cases have continued access to justice during the shutdown.

For the first time yesterday, the Court of Appeal used video conferencing via Skype to conduct proceedings on appeals in three civil lawsuits on dependency claims.

The statement also stated that High Court of Malaya judges can hear interlocutory appeals from the magistrate’s courts and Sessions Courts.

It said High Court judges can preside over uncontested interlocutory applications and simple but contested provisional applications.

Judges can also hear in chambers appeals arising from deputy registrars and senior assistant registrars.

It said judges can also deliver verdicts after trials or mediation are conducted online at the initiative of the court or application by parties.

The statement said all types of court proceedings, as mentioned on March 17 and March 26, remain.

Trials at all courts across the country that require the physical attendance of parties have been suspended.

Litigants who wish to file their claims or appeals may do so by using the eKehakiman system.

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