With over 800 million internet users in China, e-commerce disputes can easily clog their courts. In response, China’s judiciary created its first Internet Court in 2017, essentially offering a 24-hour service to file and decide internet-based civil disputes remotely. Plaintiffs and defendants can enter evidence online and present and appear before a judge through video conferencing services.
U.S. lawyers said the Internet Courts are innovative, and could provide a model to improve efficiency in U.S. courtrooms. Still, they note that are many barriers to China’s court innovation being completely replicated in the U.S.
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