PRESS RELEASE: AIFC Court and IAC “eJustice” Launch
Today the AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre (“the IAC”) officially launched their new e-filing system in Astana, “eJustice”, the first to operate in the Central Asia region. The system was developed in cooperation with the AIFC Court and IAC IT partner from Singapore, Crimson Logic.
eJustice is an online portal that enables parties to file cases at the AIFC Court and IAC electronically from anywhere around the world without having to be physically present in Astana. It can assist with the management of full end-to-end electronic processing of legal documents and administration in cases.
It aims to provide immediate convenience and accessibility at the AIFC Court and IAC to the legal and business communities while also supporting the judges, arbitrators, procedures and practices to ensure that commercial disputes are resolved quickly and cost effectively in accordance with the highest international standards.
At the launch the eJustice system was showcased to more than one hundred Kazakh lawyers, diplomats, and senior representatives of government authorities and national companies. A separate launch will also be held in Almaty on 27 February 2019.
The eJustice project was completed with regular engagement and constructive feedback from lawyers in the Kazakhstan, Central Asia, and international legal and business communities.
Advanced face to face training was provided to more than 35 Kazakh lawyers in Astana and Almaty from 18 until 22February 2019 to prepare future users of the AIFC Court and IAC to maximally use the system for the benefit of their clients. Further training will be provided on an ongoing basis.
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Woolf CH, Chief Justice at the AIFC Court, stated:
“The AIFC Court and IAC continually aim to be innovative and technologically advanced. One of the most important tasks for us was to develop a world class e-filing system which could overcome geographical barriers and maximise access to justice. The launch of eJustice is a significant achievement for the AIFC Court and IAC and will serve the users of these facilities well for years to come.”
Mr. Christopher Campbell-Holt, Registrar and Chief Executive at the AIFC Court and IAC, commented:
“We are delighted to launch our eJustice system which will significantly enhance the timely and cost-effective resolution of disputes at the AIFC Court and IAC. We aim to provide the very best international standards of dispute resolution and eJustice is our latest innovation that will enable the AIFC Court and IAC to become the number one choice for civil and commercial dispute resolution in the Eurasia region.”
According to Mr. Saw Ken Wye, CEO at Crimson Logic, IT-company from Singapore, the eJustice system was developed using Chrysalis, a world-class product and proven application with out-of-the-box functions and features embraced by leading jurisdictions globally.
“The system was developed in record time. This record-time implementation is proof of the collaborative spirit between the AIFC and Crimson Logic. We are delighted to be a part of the AIFC Court’s and IAC’s drive to modernise and we are sure that this new system will be easy to use,” – added Mr. Saw Ken Wye.
AIFC. The AIFC was established on the initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. In December 2015 President Nazarbayev approved the Constitutional Statute “On the Astana International Financial Centre” (AIFC). The aim of the AIFC is to establish a leading international centre for financial services. The objectives of the AIFC are to attract investment into the economy through the establishment of an attractive environment for investment in financial services, develop local capital markets, ensuring their integration with the international capital markets. www.aifc.kz
The AIFC Court is an independent legal entity. It has its own procedural rules modelled on English common law procedures and leading international practice. The AIFC Court is separate. It consists of two tiers: a Court of First Instance, which includes a specialist division known as the Small Claims Court; and a Court of Appeal. It has exclusive jurisdiction over disputes arising out of the activities and operations of the AIFC and jurisdiction in the case of other disputes in which all parties agree in writing to give the AIFC Court jurisdiction. It does not have jurisdiction in relation to any disputes that are of a criminal or administrative nature. It applies the most up to date and efficient case management practices. www.aifc-court.kz
The International Arbitration Centre (IAC) is an independent legal entity. It has its own procedural rules modelled on best international practice. It has its own panel of leading international arbitrators and mediators having many years of arbitration and mediation experience in commercial law, including oil and gas, trade, construction, energy, financial services, banking, Islamic finance, insurance, and intellectual property. IAC arbitration awards are recognised and enforceable in Kazakhstan and internationally. www.aifc-iac.kz
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