Technology has definitely made our lives easier. And the Indonesian legal system is looking to be open to such perks as Detik reported a couple of days ago about the first use of Skype for teleconference in a court proceedings here. The Skype technology was used by the Lubuklinggau district court in Sumatra island to hear sworn testimony from a rape victim who was not able to make it to the court.
The testimony proceedings over Skype went normally. Started with the victim being sworn under a bible while being accompanied by a priest and a guardian on her end. The Skype teleconference call went for two hours and got disconnected twice. But it did not disturb the court’s process significantly. The tribunal and lawyers were able to communicate with the victim just fine.
The victim gave her testimony all the way from a school building in Java island. The Skype call didn’t cost that much either as the court subscribes to a monthly internet connection for IDR 500,000 (US$ 52).
The integration of Skype into court proceedings was touted by the same report as being the first ever Indonesian court proceedings that ever used the technology as a substitute to the usually more expensive teleconference calls. And this can become the first of many to come.
The Indian court system is currently considering to use the Skype video call system too to reduce costs from the usually more expensive video-conferencing calls. Rather than needing to install various facilities for those video calls, the court can opt to use their current computers and internet access to bring the same function there.
The digital legal system has arrived.