China’s legal system is looking into blockchain technology to improve its online smart court system and enhance information sharing and evidence submission.

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Fast facts

  • China’s supreme court released on Tuesday a set of rules allowing courts to verify and recognize evidence submitted through a blockchain-powered platform.
  • Last year, a court in Guangzhou, the capital city of China’s southeastern Guangdong province, started using a blockchain system in a lending dispute case where some evidence submission and cross-examination were conducted online.
  • More courts in various cities of China have adopted blockchain in facilitating legal proceedings in the past.
  • Guangzhou joins numerous courts in at least seven different regions including harbor city Hangzhou and capital Beijing in adopting blockchain for evidence preservation.
  • China has come early to incorporating blockchain to the legal game on the backdrop of President Xi Jinping’s “national priority” label given to the technology.
  • As early as September 2018, China’s supreme court recognized blockchain technology as a legitimate means to collect, fix and tamper-proof data.

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