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Singapore's LawNet Migrates to Sun Solutions
Web Portal Gives Legal Community Online, Paperless Resources
June 16, 2003,
Volume 64, Issue 3

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 service levels.

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 is complete.

"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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