Electronic evidence allowed in civil lawsuits
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.