Notice concerning Filing Inspection Work for Cases Involving Internet Management

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In order to do filing inspection work for cases involving Internet management well in the future, hereby, the relevant issues are notified as follow:

I, The scope of cases involving Internet management

Cases involving Internet management include civil disputes and administrative disputes triggered because of network management. Civil disputes mainly are manifested as disputes triggered by the deletion of articles, speech as well as websites, etc., that the plaintiff published on the network by websites on the basis of requirements of relevant departments, or closure of plaintiffs’ blogs, forums, post bars, websites, etc. The majority of plaintiffs file a lawsuit on the basis of the network service contract they concluded with websites, and the fact that that the website deleted these persons’ articles or closed websites unilaterally, without their agreement or without notifying them. Administrative disputes mainly are manifested as lawsuits raised because plaintiffs do not agree with administrative punishment decisions or punishment acts by corresponding management departments to delete the articles or speech the plaintiff publishes online or close the plaintiff’s blog, websites, etc.

II, Basic requirements for inspecting filing of cases involving Internet management

(1) Persist the principles of reliable case filing work according to the law, realize the unification of legal effect, social effect and political effect in case filing. Do not accept cases involving Internet management, do not issue legal documents; concerning other civil disputes involving the network, in order to examine whether cases conform to statutory conditions for acceptance, the background, foreseen social effect and issues they involve must be fully understood, and only after they are reported to and agreed by the higher-level Court may these be cautiously accepted.

(2) Lawsuits involving Internet management received by detached tribunals of levels’ courts, including grass-roots courts, must immediately be hierarchically reported to our Court, and at the same time, the situation must be reported to the local Party Committee and Political-Legal Committee. All higher-level courts must do case filing guidance work concerning this sort of cases in their jurisdiction and the work to communicate lawsuit information well.

(3) When dealing with lawsuits involving Internet management, support from the local Party Committee and Political-Legal Committee must be vigorously sought, there must be coordination with relevant departments to jointly do the parties’ work well, and avoid emergence of negative influence, it is not permitted to declare positions externally without authorization.

Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China

13 July 2009

关于涉及互联网管理案件立案审查工作的通知

为做好今后涉及互联网管理案件的立案审查工作,现就有关问题通知如下:

一、涉及互联网管理案件范围

涉及互联网管理案件包括因网络管理引发的民事纠纷和行政纠纷。民事纠纷主要表现为因网站根据有关管理部门要求,删除起诉人发表在网络上的文章、言论以及网页等,或者关闭起诉人的博客、论坛、贴吧、网站等引发的纠纷。起诉人大多以其与网站建立网络服务合同,网站未经其同意或未通知本人单方删除文章、关闭网站为由提起诉讼。行政纠纷主要表现为起诉人不服相关管理部门删除起诉人发表在网络上的文章、言论或者关闭起诉人的博客、网站等行政处罚决定或者处罚行为而提起的诉讼。

二、对于涉及互联网管理案件立案审查基本要求

(一)坚持依法稳妥的立案工作原则,实现立案工作法律效果、社会效果和政治效果的统一。对于涉及互联网管理的案件不予受理、不出具法律文书;对于其他涉网络民事纠纷,经审查符合法定受理条件的,要充分了解案件背景、预测社会影响和涉及的问题,报经上级法院同意后予以慎重受理。

(二)各级法院,包括基层法院的派出法庭接到涉及互联网管理的起诉,要立即层报报告我院,同时向当地党委、政法委汇报情况。各高级法院要做好本辖区此类案件的立案指导工作和起诉信息接送工作。

(三)在处理涉及互联网管理的起诉问题时,要积极争取当地党委、政法委支持,协调相关部门共同做好当事人的工作,避免产生负面影响,并不得擅自对外表态。

中华人民共和国最高人民法院
二〇〇九年七月十三日

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