Mediation fast-tracks resolution of legal disputes
Last year, the nation’s courts resolved more than 6 million disputes like these before they reached the litigation stage, a rise of 43.86 percent from 2020, according to the Supreme People’s Court, the nation’s top court. Before 2019, courts nationwide were so flooded with civil cases－most of them relatively trivial－that not only was it difficult for judges to focus on genuinely significant disputes, but litigants faced long delays before their cases could be heard.
To ease the situation, the top court introduced a reform in case-handling methods that required courts nationwide to first select easy cases and those suitable for settlement without recourse to litigation, then solve them in diverse ways. As a result of the reform, which has flourished across the country, the number of cases filed at courts declined in 2020, meaning that more people chose to solve their problems through mediation.
In the past three years, more mediators and mediation institutions have been allowed to join online platforms at courts to further help reduce caseloads and provide greater convenience in dispute resolution.
News from: Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China.