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Progress Report during the National Postgrad Colloquium 2011 November 3, 2011

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I presented a paper explaining about my PhD research progress at the 3rd National Postgraduate Colloquium held at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia on 8th of October 2011. Since I just completed the fieldwork of my research at that time, I decided to present the data collection process in my paper entitled: “Courtroom Technology in Malaysia: the Data Collection Stage”. Among the feedback given by the assessors are:

– Well explanation on the stages of data collection
– To properly triangulate between the primary data generated and secondary data obtained
– To discusss more on the theories involved in my research: the innovation society and risk society

Overall, I’m satisfied with the feedback I got from the assessors, and I will definitely take into consideration the suggestions given.

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Great Event by UKM Research Team July 15, 2011

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I attended a conference on 14th of July, 2011, organised by the UKM Research Team called “Transformation of Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Malaysia” with focus on the development of e-court system in Malaysia, its benefits and challenges. The discussion by the panelists was overwhelming, and very informative, especially that the entire session was filled with discussion on the different applications of e-court system in Malaysia, the problems encountered, as well as the achievements to date. The penelists represent views from the civil court, the Shariah court, the AG Chambers, the Malaysian Bar Council as well as the Jabatan Peguam Shar’ie Malaysia.

Congratulations to the organisers for the successful event!

PhD Progress update January 28, 2011

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I have not been able to update this blog as frequently as I planned, for I have been occupied for the last couple of months completing my interviews and court visits for the purpose of my PhD research. Thankfully, the process is now coming to an end, and now nearing the finalisation of the transcription process. What follows next would be the primary data analysis, which I plan to adopt the use of ATLAS.ti qualitative data analysis software version 6.2.

Being at this stage, I am glad to share this link to Atlas Malaysia blog – Atlas.ti trainings in Malaysia which is also maintained by me and another research partner.

Audio Conference vs. Video Conference October 12, 2010

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The Malaysian courts would take another leap into the technological phase, with the proposed launching of the audio conference system at the courts in Kuala Lumpur. Audio conference is where the parties relevant to the case would be able to communicate with each other via fixed line or mobile phone without being physically present at one place. This is indeed an initiative by the Malaysian judiciary to further enhance the delivery of the civil justice system in Malaysia … Click here to read more

Fruitful visit to the Kuching Courts Complex October 11, 2010

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I was in Kuching, Sarawak from the 4th until the 8th of October 2010, visiting the Kuching Courts Complex. My aim for the visit was to witness the technologies being used at the courts, and talk to some people who are familiar with the integrated courts system adopted there.

Prior to the visit, I browsed through the Court’s official website to look for information related to my visit. … Click here to read more

More Efforts by the Malaysian Judiciary September 24, 2010

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More and more efforts could be seen initiated by the Malaysian judiciary towards speedy disposal of cases and clearance of the backlog of cases. And yet again, the role of technology is hailed for the movement of such efforts. This is definitely an encouraging situation for both the judiciary as well as the public in welcoming the benefits and challenges … Click here to read more

[Textbook review] Justice and Technology in Europe, published 2001 August 25, 2010

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Please allow me to share a review on my latest collection, a textbook entitled “Justice and Technology in Europe: How ICT is Changing the Judicial Business” edited by Fabri and Contini, published in 2001 by Kluwer Law International.

The book covers the overview of methodology, difficulties encountered, and results which have been achieved as at 2001 in the implementation of ICT in the European judicial systems, covering 15 jurisdictions: Finland, Austria, Ireland, … Click here to read more

Technology Proves to Dispose Cases Effectively August 11, 2010

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With the emergence of the use of technology in the courtrooms, the Chief Justice of Malaya have admitted that one major problem which has been bugging the Malaysian judicial system all these while – backlog of cases – has been effectively overridden. A number of factors were identified for contributing to this success, among others: fully utilising court working hours and the use of technology in the court system. … Click here to read more

National Postgraduate Seminar 2010 @ Shah Alam, Selangor July 7, 2010

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I represented the Law Faculty of UiTM Shah Alam to present a concept paper on the second day of the National Postgraduate Seminar 2010 (NAPAS 2010) 6-7 July at Grand BlueWave Hotel, Shah Alam, Selangor. More than 100 research papers were presented by postgraduate researchers all over the country, and 4 keynote papers from accross the globe were presented at the seminar. … Click here to read more

2nd National Postgrad Legal Research Colloquium June 22, 2010

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I attended the colloquium on 21st and 22nd of June 2010 at Universiti Utara Malaysia, SIntok Kedah. I presented a paper entitled: Legal Implications of Courtroom Technology in Malaysia on the first day of the event. The moderator was En. Md Rejab from UUM, and the assessors were Assoc Prof Dr Haydar of UiTM and Assoc Prof Dr Juriah from IIUM. I received a number of constructive comments, and I trust the comments would be for the improvement of my research. Some of the comments include:
1. To narrow the scope of the study
2. To include quantitative method of study
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ASLI Conference 2010 at IIUM May 27, 2010

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I presented a poster at the Asian Law Institute Conference 2010 at International Islamic University Malaysia on 25-26 May 2010. This is the first time I actually present part of my research with the intent to introduce myself to the industry and also to assess the feedback from the visitors to my poster. The title of the poster is ‘Courtroom Technology: Understanding its Concept and Applications’. The paper contains the conceptual framework for courtroom technology plus some information … Click here to read more

Successful Proposal Defence at Faculty Level April 22, 2010

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After months into the research, today I am officially elevated to the full PhD candidature: I successfully convinced the postgraduate committee assessors at the Faculty of Law that my research proposal of Courtroom Technology is doable, viable and justified to be carried on – Alhamdulillah… I definitely express my gratitude to my supervisors – Associate Professor Dr. Zaiton and Dr. Bahrin for their continuous support and guidance. I could not be here today if it’s not for you two. I also thank Kak Fizah and Kak Tini for their neverending moral support. Love u guys… Thank you 🙂

BTW, happy birthday, Kak Fizah…

Face to face with the Chief Justice of the Federal Court March 19, 2010

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Today there was a Special Session with the newly appointed Adjunct Professor of Law Faculty, UiTM Shah Alam, the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia, YAA Tun Dato’ Seri Prof. Zaki Bin Tun Azmi. the session was held at the Auditorium, Chempaka Building. The speech by YAA Tun really touched my heart, especially the part where there are opportunities lying ahead, just waiting to be grabbed. There are no such things as special treatments as claimed by others e.g. the law provides for allocated scholarship for bumiputras to further their studies, but the law does not guarantee their success. It all depends in the effort put in by the students, and opportunities lying ahead of them waiting to be grabbed.

I do not know YAA Tun personally, but that day, I felt as if I know this special person – YAA Tun is a simple man, approachable and His Lordship’s words are full of wisdom. It was indeed a great opportunity to meet this special person…

Great Qualitative Analysis Software – ATLAS.ti March 7, 2010

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On 6 and 7 February 2010, I attended an introductory workshop on ATLAS.ti conducted by Dr. Susanne Friese of Quarc. It is a very very cool qualitative data analysis software with user-friendly interface. I have tried it. I’m impressed with what it can do. Further info may be obtained from ATLAS Malaysia blog – ATLAS.ti trainings in Malaysia.

Way to go, Google Scholar! November 19, 2009

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I always run searches for my research at Google Scholar. And I always get hits to academic articles. Today I noticed there is a new feature at the search engine website. There is an option to search only ‘legal opinions and journals’. I don’t know how long has the option been there, I just realised it today (pity me…) but anyway… I tested the terms ‘courtroom technology’, ‘ict and court’ and few other terms, and wow! selected articles from journals popped as the result, more academic, more selected, more relevant to my research…

Go ahead and give it a try… Way to go, Google Scholar!

Annual Conference on Court Technology? November 13, 2009

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This is a must-see website for anyone involved in research on court technology and ICT applications in courtrooms. I browse through the net and find this page on annual Conference on Court Technology organised by NCSC, the latest conference was held from 22 to 24 September 2009 in Denver. The proceedings are downloadable for free from the official website, courtesy of NCSC.

Opportunity to meet the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak October 9, 2009

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My supervisors ask me to attend one talk on legal professional ethics and mobile court today. I am excited as the speaker is none other than the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia himself, YAA Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum. The talk is held at the auditorium, Chempaka building, Law Faculty from 2.30 pm until 4.00 pm.

According to YAA, currently, the public perception to the legal profession is on the negative side. Hence, in order to regain the respect of the public, YAA suggests that the legal profession should … Click here to read more

Law Postgraduate Colloquium organised by Law Faculty, UiTM Shah Alam October 3, 2009

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Today the Law Faculty, UiTM Shah Alam organised its 1st Law Postgraduate Colloquium. And I happen to be one of the presenters during the colloquium, together with another 7 colleagues, 3 at the PhD level and 4 at the Masters level.

The event is held at the auditorium, Chempaka building, Law Faculty from 9 am to 1.30 pm. It is smooth sailing, and the assessors are critical and helpful in asking questions and assessing the presentation of the researchers.

I am glad to be able to present my PhD research progress report for the first time since I registered, and I have obtained fruitful input from the assessors for my research on application of ICT in the courtrooms. On this note, I also believe the other researchers are also appreciative of the input by the assessors.

KL Courts experience electronic touches September 2, 2009

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Not very long after a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department called for courts in Peninsular Malaysia to engage in electronic technology, Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi launched the e-court system in the new commercial courts at Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur. This is good development. Good indeed. … Click here to read more

Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri all in for E-courts August 17, 2009

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It’s about time the courts in Peninsular Malaysia follow the electronic court (“e-court”) system as implemented in Sabah and Sarawak since few years ago. Wait until minister in the Prime Minister’s Department visit the courts in Sabah and Sarawak, then the nation’s eyes will be drawn to the application of ICT in Peninsular Malaysia. Good start, though… … Click here to read more