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China Provides Criminal Judicial Assistance via Online Video for the First Time

Mon, 29 Nov 2021
Categories: China Legal Trends

A witness located in China testified in a Finnish court via online video.

On 28 Sept. 2021, Rui’an Primary People’s Court, Zhejiang, successfully assisted the Southwest Finland District Court (hereinafter “the Finnish Court”) to complete the online testimony of a witness in a Finnish human trafficking case on the “online trial platform”.

This is the first time that a Chinese court has offered criminal judicial assistance to other countries via online video.

In view of the need for epidemic prevention and control, it was not suitable for the witness to travel to Finland to testify in person. The Finnish Court coordinated with the Chinese Supreme People’s Court through diplomatic channels. They finally decided that the judges of the Rui'an Court linked to the Finnish Court through the “online trial platform” and questioned the witnesses based on the list of questions provided by the Finnish Court.

With the help of cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other technologies, the testimony was completed in just one hour.



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Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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