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Internet court launched in Beijing

Updated: 2018-09-10



An unveiling ceremony for the Beijing Internet Court was held on Sept 9, 2018.

The new court will mainly handle Internet and intellectual property rights cases of the first instance within Beijing's jurisdiction.

Li Shaoping, vice-president of the Supreme People's Court (SPC), and Zhang Yankui, secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, were both present at the ceremony.

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After the formalities Li and Zhang visited the court's online litigation experience area, its litigation service center and its self-service area. They also watched a promotional video about the court.

Li spoke highly of the convenient design and full integration of Internet technology and trial procedures after trying some of the court's intelligent facilities such as voice interactive audio, VR glasses and an artificial intelligence translator. He was pleased to learn about the automatic generation of judicial documents, real-time electronic file generation technology, and the litigation risk assessment and automatic pleadings generation devices.

He praised the court's creative design, abundant litigation services, and wide application of Internet technology in online trials.

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He noted that since its launching the court's e-litigation platform has attracted wide attention for enabling the use of Internet technology in a judicial setting, and added that the court should lead in applying Internet technology to trials and fully prepare for exchanges with other courts.

The Beijing Internet Court should adhere to a problem-oriented, technology-oriented and talent-oriented approach, said Li, adding that it should integrate multiple online resources to enhance the diversity, professionalism and standardization of online mediation.

The court should evaluate personnel training channels and develop them into a talent cultivation base for legal professionals specializing in Internet-related cases.

In accordance with the SPC's Plan for Adding the Beijing Internet Court and the Guangzhou Internet Court, the Beijing Internet Court has eight departments, including a case-filing division, three comprehensive trial divisions, an enforcement department, a personnel department, a trial management office, and a general office.

It has selected a total of 38 judges with exceptional professionalism and rich experience in Internet and intellectual property trials.

The judges on average are 40 years old and have more than 10 years of judicial experience. Three-quarters of them have a master's degree or above.

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Officials from the Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, the SPC and a group of governmental departments such as the Beijing Municipal Commission of Public Sectors Reform, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Financeand the Beijing Municipal Economic and Information Commission also attended the event, as did all the court's leaders, judges and police officers.