State’s first mobile court bus unveiled in Miri

Members of the public taking a closer look at the mobile court bus.

MIRI, Jan 19: Sarawak has received its first mobile court bus, aimed at providing services to the locals from remote areas through the mobile court programme.

The mobile court bus will be utilised in Bintulu district.

The bus which was handed over recently, was shown earlier today at the Miri Court Complex after the procession of judges, judicial and legal officers and lawyers in full ceremonial garb to mark the opening of the legal year for Sabah and Sarawak.

It will be the first mobile court bus services in Sarawak following the success of a similiar effort in Sabah.

“The mobile court services extend even to areas which is not accessibly by road,” Sabah Law Society president Brenndon Keith Soh told fellows lawyers and judges after the procession.

The mobile court programme was the brainchild of Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum back in 2007.

“It first started in 2011, with the bus modified to resemble a court room equipped with facilities for hearing cases,” said Brenndon.

The mobile court bus is easily recognisable with its distinctive logo and wording on the exterior.

Court proceedings will be held inside the bus which is modified to provide an atmosphere of an open court. It is also comparatively more cost-effective.

Among the notable figures present were the Chief Judge of Malaysia, Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, Federal Attorney General Tan Sri Dato Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali and State Attorney General of Sarawak Datuk Talat Mahmood Abdul Rashid. — DayakDaily