China’s Introduces internet court


China unveiled on Sunday the country’s second internet court, located in Beijing, to better provide legal services for the city’s fast developments in cyberspace.

The Beijing Internet Court, which sits in a technology zone of the capital’s Fengtai district, mainly accepts cases regarding the internet and intellectual property rights, including disputes caused by online loans, online shopping contracts and online copyright.

The court comes equipped with advanced technological devices to facilitate the convenience and efficiency of the internet-related litigation it is charged to handle.

The court operates at the district level, so litigants who disagree with rulings may appeal to Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court for IP-related verdicts and to Beijing’s No 4 Intermediate People’s Court for other verdicts.

In August 2017, the country opened its first internet court in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, to cater to a rising number of online disputes in the area.

So far, the court in Hangzhou has dealt with more than 11,000 cases, of which over 9,600 have concluded. The average duration of a trial is 38 days, about 50 percent shorter than conventional courts.

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