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In a First in China, a Court Will Handle Proceedings Only on Internet

By April Ma
The Hangzhou Internet Court hears a case on Friday, its first day of operation. The court, which hears cases emerging from online disputes, is China's first court specializing in internet-related claims. Photo: IC
The Hangzhou Internet Court hears a case on Friday, its first day of operation. The court, which hears cases emerging from online disputes, is China's first court specializing in internet-related claims. Photo: IC

Legal disputes in e-commerce, digital copyrights and other internet-based contracts in China can now be settled without requiring plaintiffs or defendants to abandon the comfort of their easy chairs at home.

Starting Friday, the Hangzhou Internet Court began settling cases that emerge from online disputes — the first legal forum in the nation specializing in resolving internet-related claims, whose numbers are surging as the industry flourishes.

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