Court launches landmark data website
A civil court in Xiamen, Fujian Province, has claimed success in running a website containing information about rulings so parties are clear about case outcomes.
The court, Huli District People's Court in Xiamen in East China's Fujian Province, was recommended by the country's supreme court at a national conference held late in July in the city. Courts in other cities are urged to follow suit.
The court set up the website as a solution to years-long headaches in implementing verdicts.
Court rulings are notoriously hard to implement despite protests and complaints from parties who win their cases, especially cases involving economic disputes.
The system can be found on the website www.xmfyzx.gov.cn that serves as a platform for holding details of rulings. Parties involved can access the information using passport and ID numbers.
Debtors are informed only of the amount they owe.
The court officially introduced the system on June 16.
Yu Lingyu, director of the Implementation Department of the Supreme Court, said he believed the establishment of this system marked a milestone in implementation work in building a socially supported credit mechanism. Yu said there were on average 4.5 million civil cases involved in such rulings each year, of which 2.5 million, accounting for 60 per cent of the total, still had to be implemented.
He hopes the mechanism will prompt debtors to pay off what they owe according to the court rulings.
Yu said people's courts were thinking about collaborating with the national banking system, where information could be made mutually available so debtors were no longer able to switch accounts as a way of escaping responsibility. Banks in turn would have credit references on their customers.