Beijing unveiled an Internet court yesterday powered by facial and speech recognition technology to provide more efficient legal services for the city’s fast developing technology space.
The Beijing Internet Court, located in Fengtai district, mainly accepts cases regarding the Internet and intellectual property rights, including disputes caused by online loans, online shopping contracts and online copyright cases.
"The judges and all the parties are connected via a screen, where the plaintiffs and the defendants can participate in court hearings via their computers or mobile-phones," Zhu Ting, a judge at the Beijing Internet Court, told state-owned media outlet Xinhua News Agency.
The court utilizes facial recognition and speech recognition technologies, as well as electronic signatures. All related persons can participate in online legal proceedings after facial recognition verifies their identities with a national ID system kept by the public security bureaus.
The Beijing Internet court also provides artificial intelligence-based risk assessment tools to the public. Its system can also automatically generation legal documents, use machine translation and allow voice interactions with its knowledge system.
Beijing handled 45,382 internet-related cases including online shopping and online service contracts among nine main categories of internet-related cases in 2017. In the eight months dated August 2018, the aforementioned cases increased to 37,631, with a growth rate of 24.4%, according to Xinhua.
Beijing’s Internet court is the second in the country, after Hangzhou, which was opened in 2017. China also plans to set up an Internet court in Guangzhou, said Xinhua.
As of the end of August 2018, the Internet court in Hangzhou has dealt with over 12,103 internet-related cases, of which over 10,646 have concluded. The average duration of a trial is 41 days, about 50% shorter than conventional courts. And an online court hearing lasts 28 minutes in average, saving 60% time compared to conventional courts, says Xinhua.