Tech­nol­ogy in the in­ter­est of jus­tice

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - THE DEEP­EN­ING RE­FORM OF THE JU­DI­CIAL SYS­TEM

is be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by the ap­pli­ca­tion of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. Shang­hai, for in­stance, has de­vel­oped an aux­il­iary case han­dling sys­tem, known as the 206 sys­tem, that seeks to bring the ex­er­cis­ing of ju­di­cial power un­der uni­form stan­dards by flash­ing a “red light” if there is any mis­han­dling of cases. Thep­a­per.cn com­mented on Wed­nes­day:

Based on the anal­y­sis of the 591 homi­cide cases in the city over the past five years, the 206 sys­tem has, for the first time, es­tab­lished uni­form stan­dards for the data han­dling sys­tems of the pub­lic se­cu­rity, procu­ra­to­rial and ju­di­cial or­gans.

In the fu­ture it is ex­pected to have 20 func­tions that will help the ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties de­cide which sus­pects should be ar­rested and on what grounds they should be charged.

The use of the 206 sys­tem is ex­pected to make it eas­ier for courts to fol­low the same stan­dards for ac­cess­ing the ev­i­dence with­out abus­ing their ju­di­cial power, as any pro­ce­dural anomaly will be noted in the sys­tem.

Speak­ing at a na­tional con­fer­ence on re­form of the ju­di­cial sys­tem on Mon­day, Meng Jianzhu, head of the Cen­tral Po­lit­i­cal and Le­gal Af­fairs Com­mis­sion, praised Shang­hai for its ju­di­cial prac­tice driven by big data tech­nol­ogy.

Such ini­tia­tives, he said, could help ju­di­cial per­son-

nel over­come their pre­con­cep­tions and min­i­mize the in­flu­ence of per­sonal re­la­tion­ships.

Of course, the sys­tem is just a sup­ple­ment to China’s ju­di­cial sys­tem; it can­not judge the judges. The bal­ance of jus­tice is still held in hu­man hands.

Tech­nol­ogy is not just help­ing in crim­i­nal cases, it is also be­ing ap­plied to civil pro­ce­dures.

Hangzhou, cap­i­tal of East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince, is home to China’s first in­ter­net court, an on­line branch of the court sys­tem that will deal with copy­right and e-com­merce dis­putes. So far, it al­lows for fil­ing cases, col­lect­ing ma­te­ri­als and scan­ning ev­i­dence. An in­tel­li­gent sys­tem helps cre­ate in­dict­ments ac­cord­ing to the ma­te­ri­als sub­mit­ted. In the fu­ture, the new court is ex­pected to be able to deal with all tes­ti­mony, ques­tion­ing and ar­gu­ments.

Such moves should be able to add teeth to the pur­suit of jus­tice and ab­solve ju­di­ciary from ex­ces­sive pa­per­work.

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