China’s first court specializing in Internet-related cases opened in the e-commerce hub of Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, on August 18 to cater to an increasing number of online disputes.
The Hangzhou Internet Court is handling online trade disputes and copyright lawsuits, with all the cases tried online.
Hangzhou is home to many Internet companies, including ecommerce giant Alibaba.
According to data from the China Internet Network Information Center, there were about 751 million netizens and 724 million mobile Internet users in China by the end of June.
As Chinese increasingly turn to online shopping and payment, the Internet court provides a judicial guarantee for maintaining cyber security, resolving online disputes and promoting the integration of the Internet with society and the economy.