High Court to be set up in Sungai Petani

The High Court in Sungai Petani will allow the public to have better access to justice in the southern part of Kedah. (Reuters pic)

PUTRAJAYA: A High Court will be set up in Sungai Petani, Kedah, to allow the public to have better access to justice in the southern part of the state, the Federal Court Chief Registrar’s Office confirmed today.

The office, in a statement today, said the court would function at the Sungai Petani court complex from Aug 16.

Currently, the complex only houses the magistrate’s and Sessions Courts.

“Cases that come under the jurisdiction of the Sungai Petani High Court will still be heard at the Alor Setar High Court until Aug 15,” the statement said.

The statement said a High Court would also be set up in Klang, Selangor. Another High Court room would be added in Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur and Muar.

All these courts would begin operations from July 13.

It said a Sessions Court would be in operation in Setiu, Terengganu, from July 15. This circuit court will operate every Wednesday.

In the past, all cases from Setiu were heard at the Besut Sessions Court.

“The opening of new and additional courts will facilitate better access to justice.

“It will also pave the way for smooth administration of justice for those living far away from courts and also be more cost-effective to interested parties,” it said.

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