[–] jobes [OP] 2 points (+2|-0)

The linked source article (copied from AFP) still has a lot of buzzwords (AI Judges, blockchain, etc) but actually explains is half way through:

Cases handled at the Hangzhou court include online trade disputes, copyright cases, and e-commerce product liability claims. ...

Putting simple functions like that in the hands of the virtual judge helps ease the burden on human justices, who monitor the proceedings and make the major rulings in each case, officials said.

It looks like AI does basic yes/no questions to move things along, then a call center of "judges" decide a quick verdict.

[–] PCaut 1 points (+1|-0)

Those "judges" control the intellectual property jurisdiction. There's a lot of power and corruption in that for a call center. I'd like to see their quality assurance department.