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LegalHack Series: How to download files from the Malaysian Court Online File Search System

One of the weaknesses of our Court’s efiling system is the online file search system. A user has to pay RM12 (for High Court and above) or RM6 (for Subordinate Courts) to be able to do an online file search for a maximum period of 30 minutes. The time runs upon opening a file on the website (at main page, under Public Services menu).

However, one cannot download a file from the website but one can only view it. The viewing function allows one to view one page at a time and also print one page at a time. Each page takes some time to load and 30 minutes is not sufficient.

This is baffling. Why can’t they put a function to allow users to download the entire file? This is what you get when you roll out a system without proper consultation with the end users.

In any event, to overcome this problem, I found a solution. Here are the steps:-

1. Download the free software PDF24 and install it on your PC.
2. Open the file you intend to download on the Online File Search System (login to the system first).

3. Choose PDF24 as the printer.

4. Every page will be printed as a separate file on PDF24. To merge them, click on the Merge button on top. All the pages will be merged into one file!

5. Save the file.
6. Repeat step 2 to 5 above for other files.

* Tip – Close the file on the search system to stop the timer.

LegalHack Series: FCL&Co Unreported Case Laws Search

I’ve created a website to search for unreported cases from the Malaysian Industrial Court, High Court, Court of Appeal & Federal Court website.

The search provides search results from the Malaysian Courts website. For example, if you are searching for case regarding trade marks, insert the words “trade marks” in the textbox below and click on the “Search” button. The search will yield all indexed pages with the words “trade marks” and may include unreported cases where the words “trade marks” is mentioned.

The search is powered by Google Custom Search API. The Google Custom Search API currently limits searches to 100 results per query, and 100 free queries per day.

The unreported case search page can be accessed at:=
Unreported Case Laws Search for High Court, Court of Appeal & Federal Court cases

LegalHack Series: How to use CLJ as your English – Malay dictionary

Other than Google Translate and Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka’s websites, CLJlaw.com can be used as a English – Malay dictionary. Although it already has a basic translation function but this has be further enhanced with a little trick I discovered.

Go to CLJLaw case search. In the Advance Search menu, enter the words that you wish to search in the “with the exact phase” column.

In the column “with all the words”, insert the word “translation”. The latter is the key to enable the translation function.

Click on “Search Headnotes Only” and then search.

Once you get the results, click on Headnote on the right side of the page. The results are located in the Headnote section.

You’ll find the searched words highlighted. In this case, “liberty to file afresh” is highlighted in paragraph (2).

Now scroll down to the translated section of the Headnote in particular paragraph (2) of the Malay version.

Viola! The Malay translation can be seen in para (2). I’ve highlighted the section for easy reference.

This method is faster than running to the library to grab a copy of the Kamus Istilah Undang-undang or even flipping through a dictionary. Also, the suggested translation do have some sort of authority since its from one of Malaysia’s reputable legal information service providers.

However, this little trick has its limitation. If the word does not appear in any of CLJ’s headnotes, you will not get the translation. However, based on my experience, most words, in particular legal jargon, are available

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