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Singapore Judiciary to Make E-Justice a Reality



                In a move that will realise the vision of a modern, paperless court system and make e-Justice a reality, the Singapore Judiciary will launch the next phase of the Electronic Filing System (EFS) on 1 March 2000.

2              The EFS is a revolutionary, integrated, national computer network designed to facilitate the effective and expeditious conduct of civil litigation in Singapore. It is the most innovative and wide-ranging Communication and Information Technology project ever undertaken by the Singapore Judiciary.

3              The EFS links the Judiciary to a number of service bureaux, law firms and other organisations to form an extensive network to facilitate the conduct of civil litigation in a paperless environment. EFS was first piloted in 1997 in the Supreme Court. Development of the software is carried out by Singapore Network Services Pte Ltd in consultation with the Judiciary, the Law Society of Singapore, the Singapore Academy of Law and the Attorney- General’s Chambers.

4              Building on the experience gained with the pilot phase of the EFS, the system will now be extended to both the Supreme Court and the Subordinate Courts on 1 March 2000. The implementation of this phase sees the mandatory electronic filing of a broad range of court documents. Significantly, included in this new phase will be all actions commenced by writs of summons, which by far are our most voluminous and paper intensive actions in our court dockets.

5              The project is being continually developed and implemented in phases to ensure minimal disruption to operations and to give sufficient time to lawyers and other court users to adapt to the changes.

6              On the direction of the Chief Justice Yong Pung How, to oversee implementation issues, an EFS Advisory Council has also been established. The Council will meet regularly to consider change management issues in order to ensure a seamless transition into the electronic age. Mr Chiam Boon Keng, the Registrar of the Supreme Court, will chair the Council. The Vice-Chairman is Mr Richard Rokmat Magnus, the Senior District Judge and the other members are:

  • Mr R Palakrishnan
    President
    Law Society

  • Mr Jeffrey Chan
    Head (Civil)
    Attorney-General’s Chambers

  • Ms Serene Wee
    Director
    Singapore Academy of Law
  • Mr V Mathivanan
    Managing Director
    Singapore Network Services Pte Ltd

  • Mr Christopher Tang
    Senior Assistant Registrar
    Supreme Court


7              To recognise law firms and other users who are committed to conducting civil litigation in a paperless way, an EFS Ready Certification Scheme has also been put in place. Law firms and other organisations that are EFS enabled will be certified by the Singapore Judiciary and be permitted to use the EFS Ready logo on their letterheads and other stationery. The pioneering group of law firms to achieve this mark of distinction are (in alphabetical order):

  1. Messrs Allen & Gledhill;
  2. Messrs Colin Ng & Partners;
  3. Messrs Harry Elias Partnership; and
  4. Messrs Lee & Lee.

8              The EFS paves the way for the world’s first nation-wide paperless civil court system and is yet another of the Singapore Judiciary’s contributions to making Singapore a regional and international hub for the provision of legal services.


For further information and comments, please contact:

Ms Thian Yee Sze
Assistant Registrar
Tel : (65) 6332 3916
Fax : (65) 6337 9450
E-mail : THIAN_Yee_Sze@supcourt.gov.sg
 
Ms Rosalind Wong
Tel : (65) 6332-4267
Fax : Nil
E-mail : Rosalind_WONG@supcourt.gov.sg

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