Blockchain Technology Increasingly Used in Settling Court Cases in China

News / 16.12.2019

According to reports, the smart courts of China are using various innovative technologies that include blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) in deciding numerous legal cases.

The Xinhua news agency provided the report on December 5. It states that blockchain and smart internet courts powered by AI were used to settle over 3.1 million Chinese litigation activities between March and October 2019.

As time passes, people will not need to physically appear in court as they will have the opportunity to communicate with non-human, virtual judges powered by AI in front of various screens. Besides, people can receive their court decisions via text or popular messaging services.

In 2017, China launched the “world-first” smart internet court in Hangzhou. Later, the government established similar operations in Beijing and Guangzhou. According to Zhang Wen, in April 2019, the smart court uses technologies like AI and blockchain for judgment. He continued that there is a priority for efficiency over accuracy in the present usage.

“…A human judge is ultimately responsible for the fair ruling. […] But we are heading toward a future when we can see an AI judge sitting at the podium.”

The Supreme People’s Court, reportedly revealed that 73,200 lawyers and over one million citizens are already registered with the smart court system.

The Supreme Court of China ruled that evidence confirmed with blockchain technology is binding in legal disputes. The ruling took place in September 2018. According to the court,

“Internet courts shall recognize digital data that are submitted as evidence if relevant parties collected and stored these data via blockchain with digital signatures, reliable timestamps and hash value verification or via a digital deposition platform, and can prove the authenticity of such technology used.”

 

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