BIC teams, individuals win awards
At a recent work meeting on case filing and trials held by courts in Beijing, rewards were given to outstanding teams and individuals who excelled in their work in 2021. Divisions, teams and individuals from the Beijing Internet Court (BIC) appeared on the list of awardees.
Outstanding division on case filing and trials
Since 2020, the BIC's Case-filing Division started exploring new models for litigation source governance in cases concerning copyright of photographs, and has established a tiered and linked e-copyright litigation source co-governance mechanism and a digital copyright governance model combining online and onsite litigation and mediation services. From July 2020 to December 2021, a total of 10,122 cases were successfully mediated via the mechanism, with a mediation success rate of 92.6 percent The governance model was a winner of the first reform and innovation award released by the Supreme People's Court , the top court of China.
Efforts were made to improve the mediation system integrating people’s mediation, industry mediation, platform mediation and lawyer mediation. Besides, fast-track trial procedure teams were set up for small claims cases which greatly enhanced trial efficiency and quality. In 2021, the number of cases concluded by 11 fast-track trial teams exceeded 30,000, an increase of 25.4 percent year on year.
Excellent team on fast-track mediation and trials
The fast-track mediation and trial team led by Sun Lei consists of a judge, two assistant judges and a clerk. The team volunteered to pilot the fast-track trial procedure of small claim cases at the BIC, implemented and promoted the court’s regulations on hearing small claim cases, and innovated a three-step procedure which significantly enhanced their trial efficiency. In 2021, Sun’s team has concluded 5,413 cases, ranking first in the settlement of cases by civil commercial judges in Beijing. More than 5,000 of those were settled via small claim litigation procedures, accounting for 6.3 percent of the cases concluded via small claim procedures in Beijing. By demonstrating the small claim litigation procedures, the team successfully mediated 33,308 cases involving nearly 14 million yuan ($2.08 million).
Sun's team has won multiple honors as role models of fast-track mediation and trials.
Outstanding individual on case filing and trials
Zhao Yuan is a veteran judge with 26 years of legal experience. After he joined the case filing division in the BIC in 2018, he has won multiple awards as an outstanding individual at court and municipal levels. In 2021, Zhao has completed 21,037 filing audits and his team completed 61,679 audits, or 56.9 percent of the court's total audited files.
Excellent invited mediator
Hu Xiaoning started working at the BIC as an invited mediator since June 2019. In 2021, she settled 1,078 cases via mediation, accounting for 8.5 percent of the total cases settled via diversified mediation in the court, with a success rate of 58.62 percent, ranking first among her peers at the BIC.