The Internet is fast becoming the new platform to promote judicial transparency and credibility. A number of Chinese courts are opening Weibo accounts and live tweeting major trials to the public.
Public voice has never been stronger in supervising power as in the age of the Internet. China's fast growing online population is facilitating a change in the judicial sector.
In the latest move to boost openness, China's Supreme People's Court created official accounts on Sino Weibo, and Wechat, two of the leading social media tools. More than 190,000 Weibo users have become fans in less than a week.
Trial information from the Supreme People's Court and local courts, judicial interpretations, and key documents, are available online for the public to access.
"These measures have shown the confidence of China's judicial authorities. Sunlight is said to be the best antiseptic. By opening up, the courts are able to address corruption and injustice, and ensure justice and fairness prevail in every case," said Ma Huaide, vice president of China University of Political Science & Law.
Surbordinate courts are following suit. More than 13 provincial level courts and 120 district intermediate courts are opening official microblog accounts.
The judiciary is even going as far as broadcasting live high profile trials.
Former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai's trial was the first major one that saw key developments made public through social media, with Jinan Intermediate People's Court's live tweeting proceedings.
The Beijing Court is also giving real time online broadcasts, including the trials of airport bomber Ji Zhongxing and the juvenile gang rapist, son of two famous singers.
"Using the new media to provide timely and accurate information will help to dispel the public's doubts and also restore the credibility of the judicial system," Ma said. (CNTV.cn November 28, 2013)