China’s new cyber-court in the city of Hangzhou started hearing cases on August 18, 2017. This court exclusively deals with e-commerce and Internet-related cases, and has the ability to handle all aspects of a case online from the beginning to the end.
Hangzhou has been dubbed the “capital of Chinese e-commerce”, and is the home for companies such as Alibaba. The courts in Hangzhou have seen a dramatic increase in e-commerce cases over the past few years, from 600 in 2013 to over 10,000 in 2016.
The cyber-court is able to accept filings electronically and tries cases via live stream in the following areas: contract disputes arising from online shopping, product liability disputes arising from online shopping, internet service contract disputes, internet copyright infringements, and disputes arising from financial loans executed online.