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.