Source: Malay Mail Online
Judges presiding over the courts will be given special training on how to handle child sex crimes, chief registrar of the Federal Court of Malaysia said today. — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 — Special courts to hear sexual crimes against children will be set up in every state by the end of next year, chief registrar of the Federal Court of Malaysia said today.
According to a report in The Star Online, Datuk Seri Latifah Mohd Tahar said the decision to establish 12 branches of the Special Criminal Court on sexual crimes against children was partly in response to the rise in the number of charges filed at the first special court in Putrajaya since it started operations six months ago.
Judges with 15 years’ experience and well-versed in criminal law have been identified to be assigned to preside over the courts, she added. Read more
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