Court Cases Start Using Blockchain Technology and AI in More Settlements in China

Blockchain technology is finding a place in multiple industries, but the judicial system an entirely new venture. In China, the Global Times reports that the tech is starting to be used in the country to settle court cases.

Zhang Wen, the president of the Beijing Internet Court, spoke at the 2019 Forum on China Intellectual Property Protection. Since it was established in September last year, the organization has processed almost 15,000 cases, using both blockchain technology and artificial intelligence for various judgments.

When Wen spoke with the Global Times, he said that there have been 41 cases that have been closed with blockchain technology, though all but one of the cases were settled out of court to avoid litigation. As a result, Wen added that

“this fosters social credibility development in the country.”

He added that there are 58 cases that have deployed blockchain for the collection and offering of evidence, making the entire process more efficient and accurate. Though a human judge finalizes the ruling now, Wen hopes that will change to an AI judge in the future.

In December last year, an Internet Court sought the help of blockchain technology in a case in Hangzhou, located in Eastern China. The use of the tech fought back against piracy for online writing, and the judge overseeing the case commented that the use of blockchain provides a guarantee that the data cannot be compromised.

In September, the Supreme Court in China stated that the evidence used from the blockchain would be legally binding in disputes. The court also stated that Internet Courts must

“recognized 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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