From 1 to 8 September 2019, the 12th German-Chinese Judges’ Seminar took place at the National Judges College (NJC) in Beijing. It was organised on the Chinese side by the National Judges College and on the German side by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) in cooperation with the Sino-German Legal Cooperation Programme.
This year’s topic of the traditional seminar was “Digitalization and IT in the Judiciary – Challenge and Change”. Keynote speeches by German and Chinese judges on individual topics provided the impetus for lively discussions. The participants talked about digital court files, electronic legal communication, digitalization and data protection, as well as the use of big data for the administration of court proceedings and the creation of a digital court-assistant.
Visits to the new Internet Court in Beijing, which has been in established 2018, and to the Supreme People’s Court gave the German delegation the opportunity to observe the far-reaching digitalization measures in China in practice. The National Judges College presented its range of online training courses during a guided tour of the library.
The German delegation concluded the 12th German-Chinese Judges’ Seminar with a visit to the Great Wall on Saturday.