The Ministry of Justice, with the support of the Supreme People's Court, launched an online identity verification platform for Chinese lawyers on Sept 9.
The platform, which is a mini program based on the social messaging app WeChat, aims to make it easier for lawyers to participate in the litigation process and better protect their right to practice law.
After having their identities verified, lawyers can use it as a digital lawyer's license which contains information including their name and facial image, the name of the law firm they work at, their license number, and similar matters.
The platform is the latest step the ministry has taken in applying information technology to management of lawyers.
Lawyers welcome and speak highly of the platform, saying that it can help them improve their work efficiency, bring down costs, promote information transparency, and protect their legitimate rights and interests.
The ministry said it will continue its cooperation with the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate to realize online handling of more matters such as case filing, evidence submission, application for a deferred trial and service of process.