Sarawak needs special courts to handle child sexual crimes

Source: FMT News 

KUCHING: There is an urgent need to establish a special court in Sarawak to handle sexual crimes against children, says Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim.

She said this following a recent spate of sexual crimes in the state involving minors, which she described as shocking.

“At a recent cabinet meeting, I suggested the idea of setting up a special court to handle sexual crimes against children in Sarawak, at least by next year.

“However, with the recent cases in Sarawak, I really hope we don’t have to wait until next year as I will push to accelerate it (setting up of the court), if possible by this year. Read more

Special court has handled 62 child sex crime cases, says Azalina

Source: The Malaysian Insight 

SIXTY-TWO cases have been filed at the special court for child sexual crimes from March till July 26, the Prime Minister’s Office today.

Minister Azalina Othman Said said 11 cases had been resolved, 25 had been mentioned, while 26 were still in trial.

She said the special court, in Putrajaya, had facilities such as court recording transcription (CRT) and audio-visual systems, as well as rooms for child witnesses.

“The infrastructure is vital in helping the proceedings in the court. It also ensures that trials and hearings proceed quickly and efficiently,” she said at the Dewan Rakyat today. Read more