Elec­tronic ev­i­dence al­lowed in civil law­suits

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

The Supreme Peo­ple’s Court, China’s high­est court, will al­low mo­bile phone mes­sages, e-mails, mi­cro-blog­ging and on­line chat records to be used as ev­i­dence in civil law­suits.

Du Wan­hua, a se­nior judge at the top court, said the court learned from the suc­cess­ful ex­pe­ri­ences of some West­ern coun­tries and an­a­lyzed the prac­ti­cal needs for han­dling civil cases be­fore it com­pleted elec­tronic-ev­i­dence stan­dards.

“The new mea­sure will be con­ducive to safe­guard­ing lit­i­gants’ legal rights and en­sur­ing jus­tice,” court spokesman Sun Jun­gong said.

Chi­nese courts han­dled more than 4 mil­lion civil cases in 2014, up 15 per­cent year- on- year, ac­cord­ing to the high court. Most in­volved mar­riage, prop­erty and debt, hous­ing and la­bor dis­putes and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty dis­putes.

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