SPC president calls for enhancement of e-courts

By Jiang Xingguang (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated : 2016-07-18

The head of China’s top court vowed to speed up information construction of the Court 3.0 model and “Smart Courts” to modernize the trial system and judicial capability.

Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People's Court (SPC), made the remarks when addressing a plenary meeting on information construction within the SPC on July 15 in Beijing.

Zhou said 2016 marks the beginning of the 13th Five Year Plan (2016-20) and is the first year of the Court 3.0 initiative.

Courts of various levels in the country should work to implement information technology and lay a solid foundation for building “Smart Courts”, said Zhou.

Information technology in courts is playing an increasingly important role in solving legal disputes and it creates a positive image for China’s courts on the world stage, added Zhou.

We should also promote combination of services pertaining to “the Internet” and “lawsuits” to ultimately serve all the people, according to Zhou.

An array of e-services -- including online case registration, online petitions and live broadcasts of court trials -- should be advanced.

During the meeting, Zhou called for better use of big data in court procedures and more attention to information security.