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Shanghai launches first online mediation court

THE Xuhui District Court today opened its online, 3-dimential courtroom that enables judges to solve distant mediation cases through voice and text.
It is the first online platform in Shanghai where judges and involved parties can meet on screen and solve a dispute through mediation.
Liu Leiyan, who sued her former Taiwanese boss for unpaid salaries, had her case solved this morning through the online courtroom. The two parties were given a one-time username and password to log on the virtual courtroom.
Hou Rongkang, a Xuhui District judge, said the whole mediation process is recorded on the disk and also on the paper. The involved parties can settle the case by sending their agreements with signatures to the court.
Traditionally, they are required to appear at the court, Hou said. "It is more efficient and convenient for both the court and both parties," he added.
The website,, has downloadable litigation forms and people can present their cases directly to the court. Judges will reply online requests in 15 workdays via phone or letter, the same amount of time for requests made in letters.


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