Shanghai courts are using blockchain technology to record hearings as part of a court reform pilot.
On July 8, Cointelegraph reported, citing local Chinese media that China’s local court participants at a recent court reform conference held by the Shanghai High Court observed that the Minhang District People’s Court used blockchain technology to record an equity transfer contract dispute.
At 14 o’clock that day, the presiding judge clicked the “open court” button and struck the mallet. Blockchain storage technology, intelligent voice recognition synchronously converted text records, and the audio and video recording system was fully activated. Thirty minutes later, the trial ended, and the presiding officer knocked on the mallet and declared closed.
The report also added that:
“The metadata table which records the file name, file size, file generation time and other information of the court record files and written materials is generated instantly […]The audio-visual conversion record, the metadata table confirmed by the parties’ signature and other materials were completely presented in the “electronic file” of the case.”
The Shanghai court record reform pilot reportedly started around March this year.
A total of 260 courts have been installed and deployed to support the reform in less than three months. A total of 90 business courts and 493 judges have applied the trial record reform, and 4261 trials have been completed, according to the report.