Online legal documents improve China's judicial transparency

( Updated : 2018-11-19

China Judgment Online (, housing over 55 million documents, had had more than 20 billion hits by Nov 13.

The website, launched in July 2013, is a governmental website releasing valid written judgments, verdicts and decisions of the Supreme People's Court (SPC), which contributes to China's judicial transparency.

According to the World Bank's newly released report on business environments, the Chinese mainland is 32 ranks ahead of its position last year.

The SPC is making efforts to promote a fair judicial mechanism to improve China's business climate and offer judicial support and guarantees for the reform and opening-up policy in the new era.

Li Liang, director of the SPC's judicial management office, said the website is gaining more and more attention owing to the implementation of regulations, the optimization of mechanisms and the strong support of information technology.

China Judgment Online not only offers materials and references to adjudication and legal research, but also provides guidance to the public in legal matters and in how to resolve disputes through sample cases.

It is intended to offer services to judicial reform, lawyers' practices, litigation, teaching and researching and legal publicity, as well as enforcement and case handling.

To date, the top ten hits of the website are cases related to private lending, sales contracts, divorce, motor vehicle liability, financial loan contracts, labor disputes, property service contracts, theft and loan contracts.

The website also provides judicial guarantees of environmental protection in keeping with the "building a beautiful China" pledge made at the 19th National People's Congress in 2017.

In addition, intellectual property protection has been one of the SPC's focuses in recent years as China promotes innovation and entrepreneurship.

According to the SPC, better experience will be provided to users by updates to the website's uploading system and improved openness and transparency of the judicial mechanism.