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Beijing Internet Court develops virtual court

english.bjinternetcourt.gov.cn/ | Updated: 2020-05-25


The Beijing Internet Court held an online press conference on May 15 to introduce its newly developed "virtual court".

The court's achievements in virtual court construction, including virtual court technology and a physical cabin with this kind of technology, were introduced by She Guiqing, vice-president of the court, at the conference. 

The virtual court was developed to fix the dilemma where the number of cases received by the Beijing Internet Court didn't decrease during the COVID-19 pandemic while some of them demanded to be heard even though judges, judicial assistants and clerks had to work from home. 

The virtual court technology is based on semantic segmentation model in deep learning.

Compared with traditional cutouts from green screen, the model is friendlier to different backgrounds, more adaptable to various work environments based on PC and mobile terminals, and able to balance the accuracy rate and real-time rate of human body images segmentation.

No matter the background behind a judge, the technology can replace it with a court scene and the judge can start a trial through clicking a button which moves an electric judicial mallet on the screen. National emblems, court displays and names of those present can also be shown. 

As a result, trials can be done normally and seriously with judges, judge assistants and clerks in different locations.

Apart from the online virtual court, the court set up physical cabins with the virtual court technology. Each of them covers around 3 square meters and includes one seat for the judge and one computer. 

The cabins could meet the needs of small-scale litigation trials, simplified trials, evidence exchange, mediation and so on, which makes the work convenient, low-carbon and environmentally friendly. 

With the existing online court, the newly developed virtual court technology and virtual court technology-equipped cabin, trials are not limited to a physical court. Collegiate members, judicial assistants, clerks and parties are able to proceed with trials just by opening their computers even if they are in different locations. Generation and signing of transcripts and live broadcasts of court hearings can all be completed simultaneously. 

During the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, the court has heard 30 cases through the virtual court.