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China cyber courtChina introduced cyber courts this week as we move further to an online world. In the U.S. we have everyone from President Trump down lamenting the destruction of traditional society, the big one of course is Amazon $AMZN and the demise of millions of jobs and brick and mortar businesses. Traditional media has been superseded by online portals where they have reverted to click back businesses with partisan and deniable news the norm. We see countries like Estonia lead the world with online voting and communications that began with Skype.

China now is taking courtrooms online. The Hangzhou Internet Court is the worlds first digital "cyber-court". The court was established to gope with the rise in internet-related claims. It's first case is a copyright infringement dispute between an online writer and a web company. Legal agents in Hangzhou and Beijing accessed the court via their computers and the trial lasted 20 minutes. After judges were sworn in the first case was presented on a large screen in the courtroom. Defendants and plaintiffs appear before the judge via video-chat.

With the rise of and dominance Alibaba $BABA, China's Amazon and Google powerhouse, in Chinese society the move helps speed up the legendary nature of slow court processes. This in turn will slash legal fees, something no doubt the West's protected species, lawyers, will protest. The Hangzhou court's focus will be civil cases, including online shopping disputes (think eBay and Paypal).

"The internet court breaks geographic boundaries and greatly saves time in traditional hearings," said Wang Jiangqiao, the court's vice-president, via state media.

The move is not without it's critics and privacy and manipluation concerns are at the frefront. Logically this would be resolved by tempering the cases and cycber security beyond reproach. All doable. Last year China began streaming certain trials from traditional courtrooms online to boost the transparency of the legal system. The move was questioned by some;"I don't think it's appropriate to broadcast trials online because many people involved in these cases probably don't want the public to share their personal information," human rights lawyer Liang Xiaojun told the BBC at the time.

Online legal portals do exist in other countries, in Canada there is the Civil Resolution Tribunal to resolve small claims disputes of CAD$5,000 and under and strata property (condominium) of any amount in British Columbia. In the U.S it would seem a logical step given the obsession with reality TV and shows like Judge Judy.

What are your thoughts?

Source: BBC

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