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Online mediation makes court debut in Shanghai

Sunday, 14th September 2015

&quot;The first online pre-litigation mediation platform in Shanghai was put into use by a district court on Tuesday, partly in response to a rising number of civil cases involving a foreign party.<p style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, Arial, 'Microsoft YaHei', SimSun; font-size: 16px; line-height: 20px">Foreign entities often find it hard to attend mediations, a process in which disputes can be settled outside of courtrooms.</p><p style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, Arial, 'Microsoft YaHei', SimSun; font-size: 16px; line-height: 20px">Now, with mediations moving online, a plaintiff and defendant in a lawsuit no longer need to be physically present in a courtroom with a judge. Instead, they can all go online through video chat software to talk things over and reach an agreement.</p><p style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, Arial, 'Microsoft YaHei', SimSun; font-size: 16px; line-height: 20px">A rising number of civil and commercial cases in the city involve foreign parties. Civil cases have increased an average of 11 percent per year for the past five years.</p><p style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, Arial, 'Microsoft YaHei', SimSun; font-size: 16px; line-height: 20px">&quot;In Pudong New District, where the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone is located and many foreigners work and live, the number of cases involving a foreign party is higher,&quot; said Cao Zhengquan, director of litigation services for the People&#39;s Court of Shanghai Pudong New District. &quot;So we resort to online mediation to provide people a way that makes mediation more convenient, efficient and less costly.&quot;</p><p style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, Arial, 'Microsoft YaHei', SimSun; font-size: 16px; line-height: 20px">Cao said his department has dealt with many divorce and debt dispute cases that involve people who live in a foreign country.&quot;</p><p style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, Arial, 'Microsoft YaHei', SimSun; font-size: 16px; line-height: 20px">Read further: &nbsp;</p><div><br /></div>


Web-link: http://www.ecns.cn/2015/09-09/180345.shtml
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