Russian legal system wants to allow the use of electronic documents in proceedings (Moscow)

21 June, 2012 The Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) has today announced that representatives of the Courts and the Judicial Department at the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation have announced they would welcome changes to the existing penal laws of the Russian Federation, which would convert a significant amount of court documents into electronic form.

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The representatives met in Moscow this week. Under current law, documents filed must be in paper format for any court of general jurisdiction. However, when applying to the Russian arbitration courts, lawsuits, motions and evidence may be filed in electronic format such as a PDF.

According to the Director of the Judicial Department at the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation Alexander Gusev, the electronic document in the courts of general jurisdiction will greatly facilitate the flow of criminal cases and reduce the time required for consideration by judges.

It is not known how long it will take to adopt such amendments to the penal laws of the country, and who will initiate them.

OSG is an expert in legal document management. In 2011 OSG won a contract with the Supreme Arbitration Court of Russia. The project involved the scanning of over 100,000 individual review proceeding (cases) documents. In 2012, OSG continues to provide legal document scanning services for the Court.

Zalina Kanametova, General Director of OSG Records Management, said: “The move to allow more use of electronic documents in the Russian courts will allow greater efficiency and security. OSG has a significant knowledge of Legal Records Management. We are ready to advise law firms on how they can benefit from digitizing or scanning legal documents.”

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