According to Jim Downing of Smart Mobs, South Korean courts are considering whether the use of Web technology, like blogs, could be integrated into their processes to obviate the need for parties to appear in court:
Weblogs, or Internet diaries, are about to gain more than just curious readers. Korean courts are now experimenting whether they could operate court trials and hearings just through Internet postings, saving everybody the trouble of actually entering the courtroom,” the Korea Times reports.” The Seoul Administration Court recently designated one of its court units, which rules on labor-management relations and industrial accidents, to develop a prototype model for Internet-based trial models by the end of this month. Although the court has not yet decided on a detailed framework, it plans to allow the parties in lawsuits to submit their list of evidence,legal documents and other data on Weblogs or Internet message boards to be operated by the court. The court decisions will also be announced online. The court also plans to allow people to buy court documents and other requirements in preparing for their lawsuits through the Internet by credit card or mobile-phone payments. Korea has one of the largest Internet populations in the world, with the penetration rate reaching over 70 percent.
Now that is an interesting application of Web technology. I suppose this sort of technology could be used for court proceedings where all that is needed are filings like our application proceedings. In those proceedings the parties must file their papers and need only appear in court to address argument to the court. If there was a way to dispose of the need for oral argument through interrogatories or heads of argument then this method may work.
(via Between Lawyers)