CHINA China's online courts reduce case handling time by half: white paper


China's online courts reduce case handling time by half: white paper


03:09, December 05, 2019

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HANGZHOU, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Internet courts in Hangzhou, Beijing and Guangzhou had accepted close to 120,000 cases as of October 31, reducing the time of handling cases by nearly 50 percent, said a white paper issued on Wednesday.

According to the White Paper on Chinese Courts and Internet Judiciary, released by the Supreme People's Court (SPC), on average, it took 45 minutes for online hearings and 38 days to conclude a case. Up to 98 percent of the parties accepted first-instance judgments without appeal.

The online courts had served 96,857 documents via telephone, email, WeChat, SMS and official online accounts.

The internet court was first established in Hangzhou on August 18, 2017, followed by the establishment of the online courts in Beijing and Guangzhou in September 2018.

According to Li Shaoping, vice president of the SPC, the three internet courts have accumulated experiences that can be reproduced and promoted, concerning fields such as case handling, online platform development, litigation guidelines, technology application and internet governance.

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