The situation at the main entrance to the Kuala Lumpur Court, which was usually always busy, was quiet following the government’s order to re-enforce the Movement Control Order (MCO) starting today to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Checks at the court complex today found that only a few vehicles carrying judges, magistrates and deputy public prosecutors on duty would be allowed through the gates during the two-week order period.
According to a court personnel on duty there today, only a few courtrooms, including one session courtroom and two magistrate’s courtrooms are open for mention of new cases.
“The media and the public are not allowed to enter. Only the court staff and lawyers involved in the new cases set for mention are allowed in,” she said.
The situation at the Ampang, Petaling Jaya and Selayang Courts was different, with members of the media allowed to enter, but with their face mask on and to comply with the stipulated standard operating procedures, namely to scan their body temperature before entering, and to maintain their physical distancing, while in the court.
According to a court officer at the Selayang Court, every person entering the court compound is required to scan the body temperature and the court’s QR code, before being given a yellow sticker, with the temperature written, and allowed to enter.
Yesterday, the Office of the Federal Court’s Chief Registrar, in a statement said, all hearings of criminal case in open court from today until Jan 26 have been postponed following the implementation of MCO.
However, it said the trial or hearing of civil cases in courts throughout the country could be done using online communication.
Last Monday, the government announced implementation of MCO in PKP in six states – Penang, Selangor, Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan), Melaka, Johor and Sabah – for a period of 14 days from today (Jan 13) until Jan 26.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said six other states – Pahang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan were placed under the Conditional MCO, and the Recovery MCO Perlis and Sarawak for the same period.