China has invented its own way of doing justice in a country with 800 million Internet users: “online courts.” In China, the official open Internet court called “Beijing Internet Court”.
The Beijing Internet court, located in the technology zone of the fentai district in the southwest of the capital, will mainly handle intellectual property cases, disputes related to online loans, online purchase contracts and copyright issues on the Internet, the Daily star reports.
Liu Shuhan, one of the judges of the Internet court, said that one of its key features is that supporters can fully process their trials on the Internet-they do not have to go to court in person at any time from filing a case to hearing.
In the first eight months of this year, Beijing’s courts reportedly considered 37,631 contentious online disputes, which is 24.4% more than the same period last year.
According to Internet court Chairman Zhang Weng, Beijing’s new Internet court will be open 24 hours a day and reportedly staffed with 38 highly qualified judges, each with an average of 10 years of experience. Trial data is readily available online through the” digital litigation platform”, which provides information on the proceedings in each case, including the decisions of judges.
Last year, the first Chinese Internet court opened in Hangzhou in Eastern China. The third court is reported to open in Guangzhou this month in the South of the country.