China established first cyber-court in Hangzhou

China established the world's first cyber court. The Chinese government has adopted a plan to establish a cyber court in Hangzhou that receives digital submissions and live streams for e-commerce and Internet services cases. Trials use different settings of civil cases generally, but there is no significant substance difference between online and traditional courts.

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Hangzhou is the headquarters of Alibaba and many other technology companies dubbed the "e-commerce capital of China". The court in Hangzhou receives more than 10,000 cases by 2016 in relation to e-commerce and continues to increase considerably in cases where in 2013 only 600 cases.

The Zhejiang High Court launched a test program to create Zhejiang E-Commerce Online Court System to handle the ever-increasing workload in Hangzhou. Three Hangzhou court trials and Hangzhou Intermediate Court joined this system to try some e-commerce related online case.

"Internet courts reach geographic boundaries and save considerable time in traditional hearings," said Wang Jiangqiao, vice president of the court.

Courts use different room settings with general civil proceedings, but there is no significant difference between online courts and traditional courts. The Zhejiang E-Commerce Courts Site explicitly states that the litigation process will follow strict civil law procedures.

The Cyber Court will have general jurisdiction over certain Internet and e-commerce related cases in the Hangzhou area that began on 18 August 2017 are:

Disputes over online purchases of goods, online service agreements, and online loan agreements.
  • Disputes over ownership and infringement of internet copyright.
  • Disputes for privacy using the Internet.
  • Disputes for product liability claims for goods purchased online.
  • Disputes for domain names.
  • Disputes arising from internet-based administration.
  • Other civil and administrative cases concerning the Internet are assigned to the Cyber Court by a higher court.
The Cyber Court will use online and offline platforms that allow people to file cases and attend trials. Once a user has a cyber court account, they can file a complaint, file a proof, and request process services through this platform.