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Beijing Internet Court uses technology to resume work

english.bjinternetcourt.gov.cn | Updated: 2020-02-24

     

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A screenshot of the e-litigation platform of the Beijing Internet Court [Photo/Beijing Internet Court]

Amid the outbreak of COVID-19, the Beijing Internet Court's "online case heard online" mode has further enabled parties to break the boundaries of time and space. 

Based on the e-litigation platform, the whole process of litigation from case filing to ruling and including meditation can be conducted online.

In addition, the court's mobile micro court, a mini WeChat program, integrates more than 20 online functions such as case filing, case inquiry, delivery, mediation and hearings, providing the public with more humanized judicial services. Even without a computer at home, a party could engage in a lawsuit through a mobile phone. 

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An employee of the Beijing Internet Court works from home. [Photo/Beijing Internet Court]

During the epidemic prevention period, judges of the court are working shifts to ensure they are in sufficient number so that people do not have to congregate and wait while work proceeds at a normal pace. 

Many people are isolated or under observation during the epidemic outbreak, is it a communication problem for the court's work?

The case-filing division of the Beijing Internet Court has held a one and half hour's video meeting without difficulty with more than 50 people in attendance on a cloud platform.

The division's work includes case review, rapid rulings and lawsuit services as well as public screening of major sensitive cases, and multimodal dispute mediation. As a result, it has a lot of problems that need to be discussed.  

In order to discuss those problems but avoid large gatherings, it has successfully held an online meeting with many attendees by using a video app. 

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An online meeting is held by the case-filing division of the Beijing Internet Court.  [Photo/Beijing Internet Court]

Through online video meetings the judges have further exchanged opinions and suggestions on small claims procedures that were discussed at the beginning of 2020. Moreover, the meetings have been used to allocate staff to photo and portrait rights disputes that are mainly rapid rulings. 

Through the cloud platform, the judges have also shared efficient working methods during the epidemic prevention period. 

In addition, different judge teams have used the video platform to meet several times to resolve practical difficulties of the teams and try their best to conclude cases.

Due to the implementation of the work shift system amid the outbreak, in order to ensure that the parties can easily contact the judge, the court's judges have installed the MOA phone system on their own mobile phones and can answer the parties' calls at any time or place. 

By using the Internet to better serve judicial procedures the Beijing Internet Court carries out various work according to practical conditions and is providing people with more comprehensive judicial services during the epidemic.