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