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by Lex Technicae
Published December 18, 2020

Electronic Documents under the Rules of Court 2012

The Malaysian courts started with electronic filing practices around 2010.

Beginning mid-2020 however, the court has been insisting, even enforcing, the use of electronic copies. Why can the Court do this?

Let’s take a quick look at the Rules:

  1. The general rule, by law, is that all court documents must be electronically filed.

  2. Copies not filed electronically, are actually filed by way of exception. See O. 63A, r. 7 of the Rules of Court 2012:

    …7. (1) Where a specified document is required to be filed with the Registrar under any other provision of these Rules, it shall be so filed using the electronic filing service in accordance with this Order and any practice directions for the time being issued by the Registrar.

    (4) Notwithstanding anything in paragraph (1), the Registrar may allow a document, part of a document or any class of documents to be filed other than by using the electronic filing service.

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