The Second Minister for Law of Singapore believes that an integrated platform based on the Metaverse will facilitate and expedite the resolution of legal disputes.
According to a Singaporean government minister, legal marriage proceedings, court case disputes, and government services may one day be offered in the Metaverse.
Singapore’s Second Minister for Law, Edwin Tong, argued at the TechLaw Fest 2022 on July 20 that even highly personalised, intimate events such as the solemnization of marriages have occurred online in the Metaverse:
“It is not inconceivable that, in addition to marriage registration, other government services will soon be accessible via the Metaverse.”
Regarding legal services in the Metaverse, the Minister remarked, “there is no reason why the same cannot be done for legal services.”
“The pandemic has already demonstrated that even dispute resolution, once viewed as a physical, high-touch process, can now be conducted almost entirely online.”
Using augmented reality (AR) technology, a legal dispute involving an accident on a construction site could be viewed in three dimensions on a “single virtual platform,” according to Tong.
“Using augmented reality, you can place yourself in the actual tunnel or oil containment facility to view the construction dispute from the perspective of the actual space.”
Tong stated that the addition of such technology would not preclude the holding of conventional offline hearings. He stated, “There is always the possibility of a hybrid element.”
“I believe that such an integrated platform will make the entire dispute resolution process more convenient and effective, and will keep pace with the rest of the world’s development.”
Earlier this year, the Metaverse platform Decentraland hosted its first wedding on its platform, with 2,000 virtual guests and the assistance of the law firm Rose Law Group.
According to the group’s founder and leader, Jordan Rose, it was the first wedding ever held on a blockchain-based Metaverse.
On the other hand, the South Korean government has already begun to move toward the Metaverse. It has allocated $177 million for the development of a platform through which citizens can access various government services.