Chinese Courts Leverage Blockchain in over 14,000 Cases
“14904 pieces of cases was judged after the the court was founded. We have dealt with the cases with the help of AI and blockchain”.
According to the report, clients chose to compromise rather than conduct prosecution in the cases which adopted the blockchain technology. The application of blockchain promotes the development of social credit. Zhang Wen, the chief justice of Beijing Internet Court, pointed out that, blockchain was adopted to collect and provide evidence in 58 pieces of cases.
As AI gradually improved itself, Zhang Wen believed that,
“Although accuracy is far from satisfactory, AI improves the efficiency when it is adopted as an decision assistant. From now on, the last decision must be made by human beings. Moving forward, AI is deemed to make decision independently”.
Aside from the Internet court of Beijing, an Internet court in Hangzhou( a city in southeast of China) resort to blockchain to crack down on piracy in the field of cyberspace writing in December,2018. Technology of blockchain is gradually put into practice, A judicial blockchain platform which aims to increase credibility across all court procedures of generating, storing, distributing, and using electronic data. Writers used to resort to screenshots and downloaded content as evidence, which was hard to gain legal recognition as the process was not credible enough, according to Wang Jiangqiao, a judge at the Internet court.
On the other hand, notarial procedures and hiring of professional lawyers push up the costs of seeking justice, he said.
But blockchain guarantees that data can not be tampered, due to its decentralized and open distributed ledger technology. Therefore, all digital footprints stored in the judicial blockchain system — authorship, time of creation, content and evidence of infringement — have legal effect, Wang said.
Wang Jiangqiao, the judge of the court believed that
“the digital footprint stored in judicial blockchain system was unchangable and legally binding”.
And the court decided that blockchain-based electronic evidence is sufficient to be legally accepted. Therefore, the judge ruled in favor of the plaintiff.
Early the September in 2018, the Supreme People’s Court of China announced that the blockchain evidence is legally binding.
“Internet courts shall recognize digital data that are submitted as evidence if relevant parties collected and stored these data via blockchain with digital signatures, reliable time stamps and hash value verification or via a digital deposition platform, and can prove the authenticity of such technology used,” the Supreme Court said in an announcement.