The second phase of the roll-out of Malaysia’s digital courts e-PG module has been deployed with the module now available at 22 court locations across Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Putrajaya. The e-PG module enables Malaysian motorists to enter a guilty plea for traffic offences, including via their mobile phone, without having to physically appear in court.
The e-PG module was developed by the OMESTI Group technology team as an integral part of the eCOURTS platform and is aimed at helping the Malaysian Courts dispatch the typically heavy caseload of traffic offences more efficiently. Nurman Rummel Sanusi, COO of OMESTI’s eCOURTS Division, says,
“The online system provides a far more efficient way for offenders to clear any guilty plea cases, saving them considerable time. It also helps to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The pilot phase of the e-PG system was launched earlier this year at Magistrate’s Courts in Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur, Seremban and Alor Setar.
There are currently some 44 traffic offences that allow guilty pleas to be submitted online via the e-PG system. These include offences related to driving licence, vehicle licence plate, traffic light violation, and pedestrian walk violation, among others. It does not apply to summons for speeding offences, however, which still require offenders to present themselves at court.
On receiving a summons, traffic offenders whose cases are registered at the court can browse the e-PG system and view the case cause list.
“After logging in to the e-PG portal, offenders can enter a guilty plea together with any mitigating reasons for the Court to take into consideration when passing sentence,”
says Wong Chia Wei, Senior Project Manager with OMESTI eCOURTS Division.
“The e-PG system then notifies the Prosecutor and, assuming no aggravation is submitted, the sentence is passed and the relevant fine imposed. The offender is notified of the outcome and the fine that is due, which can be paid online via the portal,” he adds.
In the event that the Prosecution submits an aggravation, then a new date is set for hearing in open court.
The move is part of the Malaysian Judiciary’s significant efforts in expanding its virtual operations to ensure the administration of justice is not impeded due to the pandemic. Other digitisation initiatives rolled out since the outbreak of COVID-19 have included virtual court hearings conducted via the digital courts platform.
The e-PG System: https://bit.ly/2NOFzsD