It is too early to use the Metaverse technology for legal procedure and virtual weddings, says the experts.
Ever witnessed an inquest proceeding? How about an actual court hearing or sentence hearing?
Well, how about civil wedding rites?!
As more use cases surface, particularly for the metaverse application, a sector is working on expanding it into the legal proceedings arena. The range of sentiments and applications is as polarized as it is applicable today.
According to Bitcoin’s General counsel, Joseph Clement, government services that require in-person attendance is the next most coherent step for nations across the globe.
Nowadays, one-third of legal agreements worldwide are signed electronically.
Therefore, it is no surprise to see modern nations such as Singapore adopt all-inclusive technologies like the metaverse for government services.
The same thinking should apply to certain civil court cases, which are still subject to extreme delays due to backlogs. While justice is delayed, the involved parties often have to suffer.
While Joseph provides a clear, rational explanation as a use case, it seems that maybe this practice might be too early.
National University of Singapore’s associate professor Dimitry Mihaylov, a U.N. A.I. scientist, says that the first hurdle in digitally facilitated legal proceedings is intellectual property-based legislation – since geographical borders do not exist factor in proceedings taking place in the metaverse.
When you get a patent, it’s only valid within a particular territory. Yet, with the metaverse, it will be used by people worldwide.
People can accidentally violate laws by using a patent in the metaverse outside its area of legalization.
Here is where competent, relevant authorities need to determine who owns the I.P. and under which court’s jurisdiction it falls.
The proper approach is phasing, adopting metaverse application where it is most practical while not touching areas not ready for it.
While it may cut the process efficiently, this might be little compared to the big legal procedural picture.
But this way, we can start adaptation that will soon bring more strategic relief to the entire legal ecosystem.