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Messaging app WeChat used by judges in China to conduct a trial

Messaging apps born out of the APAC region, such as WeChat and Line, are well known for being ahead of the likes of WhatsApp for integrating services, like booking taxis directly from the app.

In China this has now been taken to the next level, with judges using WeChat to conduct trials.

Last month a judge used WeChat’s messaging and photo-sharing features to conduct a trial because it was easier than having the defendant appear in court.

A spokesperson for the trial, which took place in eastern China’s Henan province, said the decision was made to save time and because the messaging service provided more “flexibility and convenience”.

According to a report by TechinAsia, Chinese courts are very document-heavy, so it’s less of a surprise that a messaging app could be used for this purpose.

The report points out that video testimonies have been used in other countries but this court didn’t choose to use the WeChat video function.

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Charlotte McEleny

Charlotte McEleny is The Drum's Asia Editor, charged with finding all the interesting industry news and insights from the Asia Pacific region. During her year in Asia, she's covered topics as wide ranging as industry overwork to artificial intelligence, and interviewed top CMOs such as Alibaba's Chris Tung, and world famous creatives such as Rankin.

Based in Singapore, she travels the region regularly, attending and presenting at many top events, such as Spikes, Ad Week Asia and Innovfest.

Prior to her role as Asia Editor, she spent 10 years working across the London marketing trade magazines, even picking up an award for Best Digital Team at the PPA Digital Awards during her spell as digital editor at Marketing.

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