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Legal processes go online despite graft concerns

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, August 24, 2019   /  04:49 pm
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Supreme Court building in Jakarta.(kompas.com/Dhoni Setiawan)

The country’s highest court, the Supreme Court, recently launched e-litigation, a digital system for legal procedures that is aimed at speeding up the legal process and reducing irregularities within the court system. Legal experts and practitioners, however, have expressed caution over the new system, saying it may lead to the possibility of abusing the process. University of Indonesia professor of legal anthropology and gender and law Sulistyowati Irianto said while the new service reflected a sign of progress in the legal system, the electronic service may open new avenues of corruption. “It is a good step in order to reduce inefficiency, such as cutting out the middlemen in legal proceedings. However, it also means new territory ripe for corruption,” Sulistyowati told The Jakarta Post on Aug. 20. Corporate lawyer Mahesa Bangun Topo believes that e-litiga...