Internet Court set up in Beijing

Beijing, China – Sept 9, 2018 (CCTV) – China’s third Internet court, the Beijing Internet Court, was opened in the capital on Sunday to continue paving way for easy lawsuit after the one opened in east China’s Zhejiang Province in August last year.

In the Internet court, defendants and plaintiffs appear before the judge not in person, but via video-chat; parties who refuse to show up online will still be seen as ignoring summons.

The court will handle first trials of cases occurred in the capital, including online shopping, service contract dispute, and online financial loan. Cases concerning internet copyright, domain name dispute and other civil and administrative internet-related cases may also be handed in.

It will provide easy passage to receive online evidence, setting up rules for law-based internet management.

The Beijing Internet Court is now equipped with 38 judges selected from courts within the capital.

“[The judges] are aged around 40 with average judicial experience of over ten years. They are also highly educated, with three-fourths being graduates,” said Zhang Wen, president of the Beijing Internet Court.

The court is a grass-root court. If litigants disagree with the verdict, for cases involving intellectual property, they can appeal to the city’s Intellectual Property Court. The rest may hand their cases over to the Beijing No. 4 Intermediate People’s Court.

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