Indonesian Court Uses Skype to Hear Testimonies for the First Time Ever

Enricko Lukman
8:15 pm on Mar 8, 2013

Skype used in Indonesian court

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.

(Source: Detik)

  • Marian Rosenberg

    About a year ago a client of mine had the signing of some legal papers “witnessed by the court”.

    When the other party asked us if we would be okay with this we assumed that one of the two following circumstances would take place:

    1) We would all get in a car and drive to the courthouse together.
    2) A representative of the courthouse would be there at the signing.

    It never occurred to us that there would be a third option or that the court would follow this option

    3) Using their verified QQ account, the courthouse would have video chat with us and the papers would be signed on camera.

    Furthermore, when one of the people involved moved in such a way that the signed document was obscured from the camera, the court made us all re-sign the document again to preserve chain of custody.

    Once the video chat was finished a court reporter typed up a transcript which was then emailed, printed out, thumb printed or chopped by the parties involved, video chat was turned back on so that they could see that the transcript had been approved by all parties, and then the transcript was couriered to the courthouse.

    I’d like to note that the courthouse was approximately 6 kilometers away from where we did the signing so not exactly a location where “getting to the courthouse” would be an issue. We also had a full panel of judges and a court reporter sitting in a courtroom on the other end so we weren’t exactly ‘using less resources’ by doing it this way.


  • Enricko Lukman

    Hi Marian, thanks for sharing your story to us.

    More and more people are using being more open to using technology for legal procedures, and your story is a testament to that.

    I wonder why they decided to use video conference if it’s not that far though? Because they wanted to make it more memorable? lol

  • Obed Kusman

    That’s pretty cool to use the technology I may say! Great job, Lubuklinggau district court in Sumatra island. Not to forget the Jakarta Vice Governor T Basuki Purnama (Ahok) I think recently also used skype – if I’m not mistaken, to have a teleconference with Indonesian Diaspora Network – Netherland and the Association of Indonesian Scientiess abroad – pretty cool! Here is the link to see directly about the teleconference (a little bit distraction on the background but they went through it together) and they speak English so the whole wide world can understand what’s going on. “Let’s Change the world – One Country at a Time. Starting now: #Indonesia.” – O. A. Kusman March 2013.

  • Obed Kusman

    Forgot to submit the link – “Diskusi online: Solusi Banjir di Jakarta”

  • Enricko Lukman

    Hi Obed!

    Awesome share man. Jakarta’s Governor team is doing fine using techs for more efficient budget use.
    I also love their idea of being transparent by publishing their daily work activities through YouTube too.

    Proud having them as our leaders.

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