LawNet is a one-stop portal for the legal profession in Singapore that
covers the full range of services lawyers typically provide, ranging
from due diligence on real estate matters to multi-million dollar
litigations. Originally developed in a Perl/CGI environment, LawNet has
migrated to Sun solutions because CrimsonLogic, the application service
provider, determined that Sun best met the stability, performance, cost
and customer service requirements of the system.
LawNet is the brainchild of the statutory Singapore Academy of Law,
which contracted with CrimsonLogic and its predecessor, Singapore
Network Services, to develop the portal as a means of fostering a
collegial spirit within the Singapore legal community. CrimsonLogic has
carried out the concepts of the Singapore Academy of Law, developing
more than 20 legal databases and moving, ultimately, in the direction
of a paperless legal practice.
Already in place is the Singapore Supreme Courts Electronic Filing
System, which enables lawyers to execute a number of legal processes
electronically, such as filing lawsuits, extracting copies of cause
papers, serving legal documents and performing searches on past and
ongoing cases. InterReq and STARS, two separate conveyancing modules,
give lawyers the means to conduct rapid searches and due diligence for
real estate and conveyancing transactions.
"LawNet is a collection of IT solutions catering to the needs of
Singapore's legal fraternity. Connectivity to a diverse array of
hardware platforms is crucial. Sun solutions fit the role well with
their emphasis on networking," said Thomas Lai Leong Peng, Manager,
Business Systems (Legal), CrimsonLogic. To date, the implementation
includes the SolarisTM Operating System (Solaris OS), and the Sun
EnterpriseTM 420R servers and Sun FireTM V880 servers.
One of the long-term goals of LawNet is to permit access to its several
disparate databases and systems with a single sign-on. This challenge
and the challenge of integrating additional legal databases must be
accomplished while simultaneously maintaining established quality of
CrimsonLogic has begun the process of migrating LawNet's five main
modules to the Sun platform. Porting of the Electronic Filing System,
the business law and transaction module, BizNet, InterReq and the
Litigation and Legal Research modules to the JavaTM technology platform
"There is an ever increasing demand for availability, short response
time, and more services. Sun's easily clustered and highly scalable
solutions provide the ideal platform to assist our long term strategy
of developing new services and applications quickly, and providing the
highest QoS in terms of reliability, availability, security and
scalability," said Lai.
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