Malaysian Mobile Court Helps to Bring Undocumented People Under Rule of Law

Posted on 03-11-2020

 

People living in the remote jungles of Malaysia can now claim their nationality and prove their identities through documents issued by a mobile court established by LexisNexis

LED BY GAYTHRI RAMAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF LexisNexis Southeast Asia, a team of magistrates, lawyers, medical officers, government officials, and former Malaysian Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum traveled to Kampung Matanggal, Sabah, a village in the Malaysian jungle. The team set up makeshift law offices and court chambers. Villagers were asked to register before being directed to the appropriate officials for the issuance of birth certificates, marriage certificates, and other government documents. Attorneys were assigned to assist in preparing paperwork. Judges then approved the paperwork, applicants had their pictures taken, and certificates were issued.

Among the applicants was Rosnah, a 16-year-old girl who had attended school, but was unable to sit for exams because she could not prove her identity until she obtained a birth certificate issued to her by the mobile court.

An estimated 10 million people around the world are undocumented, leaving them outside the rule of law, often because of their inability to travel to urban areas to obtain the necessary papers. Mobile courts like the one established by LexisNexis are helping to address the issue, one village at a time.

LexisNexis supports the rule of law around the world by:

  • Providing products and services that enable customers to excel in the practice and business of law and help justice systems, governments, and businesses to function more effectively, efficiently, and transparently
  • Documenting local, national, and international laws and making them accessible in print and online to individuals and professionals in the public and private sectors
  • Partnering with governments and non-profit organizations to help make justice systems more efficient and transparently and
  • Supporting corporate citizenship initiatives that strengthen civil society and the rule of law across the globe.

In support of its rule of law activities, LexisNexis established the LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation in 2019.