China’s top court says evidence validated by blockchain is legally binding 22592
Jessica Kuruthukulangara
Sep 7, 2018 at 9:30 PM

China’s top court has given the green light for blockchain tech to be used to authenticate evidence in legal disputes in the country. The Supreme People's Court, in a meeting held earlier this week, passed new rules clarifying how internet courts in China should examine legal disputes.

The rules were released on Friday, the same day in which the rules were made effective. Now, evidence presented in legal disputes that has been authenticated using blockchain tech is legally binding and will be accepted by internet courts in China.

However, the parties presenting the evidence must be able to prove the validity of the technology used in the authentication process.

"Internet courts shall recognize digital data that are submitted as evidence if relevant parties collected and stored these data via blockchain with digital signatures, reliable timestamps and hash value verification or via a digital deposition platform, and can prove the authenticity of such technology used," the Supreme Court said in its official announcement.

Top court statement follows Hangzhou internet court ruling

The clarification follows a ruling by the Hangzhou internet court in a copyright infringement case earlier this year, which stated that blockchain-based evidence was legally acceptable.

The internet court in the e-commerce hub of Hangzhou was set up last year as China's first court which specializes in handling internet-related cases.

The Supreme People's Court in July had said that plans were in place to set up two more internet courts in its capital city Beijing and Guangzhou, a city in southern China.

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