(L-R) Justika co-founders Melvin Sumapung and Husein

Justika, an Indonesia-based legal services marketplace, announced today that it has secured an undisclosed sum in seed funding round led by East Ventures, with participation from early-stage VC firm Skystar Capital.

The company intends to use the money for product development, marketing, and hiring, as well as to expand its public access platform to legal services in Indonesia.

According to the research report on Access to Justice in Indonesia, 71 per cent of Indonesians who face legal issues back out from fighting the case due to a lack of knowledge of accessing information.

Founded in 2016, Justika aims to solve this by connecting people who need legal services to lawyers and other supporting services, such as company formation agents and translators.

The way it works is that it matches clients to curated lawyers based on specialties. Once matched, clients can consult with the relevant lawyer and receive replies within a few minutes.

Depending on the necessities, lawyers can offer subsequent services, such as document review, drafting, phone consultation, aided negotiation, and court advocacy.

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Currently, it focuses on three legal areas that most people often encounter in their daily lives: family law, laws involving small and medium enterprises, and property law.

“The key is to educate the public in order to democratise access to lawyers and resolve legal issues. Justika seeks to alleviate this problem, by allowing people to get immediate and affordable legal service. Our tech innovation allows clients and lawyers to utilise technology to access legal services in a novel way and also streamlining the way lawyers work by, for example, providing document templates and inheritance calculator for Muslim clients,” Melvin Sumapung, co-founder of Justika, said.

“Low access to legal justice is a pivotal concern in Indonesia. It happens due to the complicated procedures that people have to face and the lack of information on legal access. Justika has built a platform that gathers lawyers and clients, benefiting them with various useful features. We believe that Justika will democratize legal access and help millions of Indonesian people to understand rule of law easier,” added Willson Cuaca, co-founder of East Ventures.

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