AIFC court launches eJustice, first electronic legal management system in Central Asia

ASTANA – The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and the International Arbitration Centre have officially launched the eJustice system in Astana’s financial hub. The system allows lawsuits to be filed from anywhere in the world, and will help manage the legal and electronic processing of all legal documents.

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“The AIFC Court and the International Arbitration Centre strive to be innovative and technologically advanced. One of the most important tasks for us was to develop the eJustice system that could overcome geographical barriers and maximise access to justice. Implementing the eJustice system is a significant achievement for the AIFC Court and the International Arbitration Centre and will serve our clients for many years,” said Chair of the AIFC Court Lord Wolf, according to an AIFC press release.

According to the AIFC release, eJustice is the first electronic court system to be used in Central Asia. It was developed by the AIFC Court and the International Arbitration Centre in cooperation with Singapore-based company CrimsonLogic.

According to CrimsonLogic CEO Saw Ken Wye, the eJustice system was built using the world-class legal product Chrysalis, a proven application with functionality and features used by the most developed countries.

The system is a completely online service that allows parties to file claims to the AIFC Court and the International Arbitration Centre in electronic formats from anywhere in the world without the need for a physical presence in Astana and to process them within the AIFC.

The AIFC wants to make the services of the court and the International Arbitration Centre convenient and accessible for legal professionals and business people. The system also provides support to judges and arbitrators, helps in resolving procedural issues, and supports the prompt and cost-effective resolution of commercial disputes in accordance with the highest international standards.

The eJustice system project was completed with the involvement of lawyers from Kazakhstan and throughout the Central Asian region, as well as international legal and business circles, who tested the system and sent comments as potential future users.

From Feb. 18 to Feb. 22, more than 35 Kazakh lawyers in Astana and Almaty underwent in-depth training in the eJustice system. Further training will be conducted in the future.