Historic Move: Court of Appeal Hearings Go Online, Open for Viewing

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Public can watch livestream of court cases in Malaysia from tomorrow.

In a historic move, the Court of Appeal will live-stream civil appeal hearings tomorrow as court buildings remain out of bounds following the enforcement of the movement control order on March 18.

In a statement, the Federal Court Chief Registrar’s Office said this would allow the public to observe the proceedings live and have continued access to justice.


It added that the judiciary had been conducting proceedings online, with this as its latest step towards live-streaming of cases.

Court of Appeal proceedings will start at 10am. Members of the public can follow these at www.kehakiman.gov.my.

The court will hear three cases tomorrow. They are Zhao Fangliang v Syarikat Pengangkutan Satu Hati Sdn Bhd; Jin Haifang v Syarikat Pengangkutan Satu Hati Sdn Bhd; and Zhu Cunhua v Syarikat Pengangkutan Satu Hati Sdn Bhd, according to the judiciary website.

Court administrators have live-streamed proceedings before in the Teoh Beng Hock inquest for members of the public who could not enter the courtroom.

Since last year, a special room has also been designated for members of the media who have no access to the courtroom to follow the corruption trials of Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor.

On March 17, the day before the ongoing movement control order (MCO) came into effect, it was announced that trials in all courts nationwide would be suspended until March 31, with new trial dates for pending cases to be fixed later on.

Subsequently, on March 30, the Federal Court of Malaysia decided to conduct trials via video conferencing, after documents by the Chief Registrar on March 26 listed three plausible options for resolving cases online, either by email, using the existing e-Review system, or by video conferencing.

High-profile corruption trials such as Najib Razak’s, which was scheduled to resume on March 19, have since been deferred.

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Mansor have also had their trials postponed.