China establishes ‘cyber-court’ for online cases

China, 18th August: China has established a digital “cyber-court” for online cases. The Hangzhou Internet Court opened for business on 18th August with its first case – a copyright infringement dispute between an online writer and an Internet company.

Legal representatives accessed the court via their computers, while defendants and plaintiffs attended via video-chat. According to media reports, the court’s focus will be on civil cases with a particular emphasis on online shopping disputes.

In some countries, there are already online portals that allow people to resolve legal disputes in online. Canada’s Civil Resolution Tribunal began accepting claims of US$5,000 or less in the province of British Columbia last June.

Source: BBC News article