By Kareyst Lin
Jan. 11, 2017
Singapore will roll out a new five-year blueprint to encourage law firms to adopt the latest tools and software to improve operations.
At the opening of the legal year in the Supreme Court on 9 January 2017, Chief Justice (CJ) Sundaresh Menon pointed out that spaces traditionally occupied by lawyers would "diminish."
This is due to the appearance of online dispute resolution platforms that allow users to find settlement without going to courts, local media Today reported on 10 January 2017. Such platforms blend negotiation, mediation and arbitration with the use of artificial intelligence.
The new blueprint will recommend various infocomm technology initiatives that will be reviewed, revised and updated by a One Judiciary Information Technology (IT) Steering Committee.
CJ Menon also added that it would be wrong to approach technology as though it is something to be vanquished even if it poses challenges. "Technology holds the promise of greater productivity and effectiveness. This should translate to higher quality legal services and cost savings for law firms, and ultimately, for society," he said.
Legal Technology Vision: a five-year road map to start incubating a legal tech scene
CJ Menon also unveiled the Legal Technology Vision, which is a five-year roadmap by the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) to start incubating a legal tech scene.
Under this initiative, small- and medium-sized law firms will be encouraged to adopt technologies that cover billing systems and communication tools. There is also the possibility of law firms sharing virtual platforms and workplaces, and collaborating with professionals from other disciplines to create fresh technologies.