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14 Jan, 6 tweets, 2 min read
1. Online court hearings will be the way forward for the judicial system, even as Malaysia gradually returns to normalcy.

"Virtual courts have now become an indelible aspect of our system of advocacy," said Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.
2. "The advent of online hearings is not merely a means to cope with the pandemic but a permanent feature of our justice system."

"There is, therefore, no question of ‘reverting’ (to physical hearings),” Tengku Maimun said in her speech at the Opening of the Legal Year 2022.
3. In addition to providing greater court access to those who require it, the country's top judge also said judges have adjusted well to remote hearing, at least in the context of civil cases, criminal applications and appeals.
4. "The screen-sharing technology, we find, assists us with reference to documents and the level and nature of advocacy has improved," she said.

"We also think that remote hearings have made life easier for lawyers who have been relieved from having to waste time on travel."
5. Tengku Maimun added that online court hearings allow the public and lawyers to feel “less nervous about the grandiose nature of the courts”.

She also said the virtual courts do away with ritualism and form, and focuses more on the substantive aspects of justice.
6. However, the Chief Justice acknowledged that there are downsides to online hearings, such as audio or connection issues.

Nevertheless, Tengku Maimun says the overall gain and accessibility of remote hearings still far outweigh the downsides, which can be worked on.

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