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Prosecutors embrace the digital revolution

    Local prosecutors have embraced the digital revolution by using the latest technology from big data to artificial intelligence to deal with cases more accurately and efficiently.

    Last month, Shanghai People’s Procuratorate launched a big data center. Professional data analysts will be recruited to study database and build models, by which prosecutors can save time, according to a meeting yesterday by the procuratorate.

    It has also cooperated with Shanghai High People’s Court to build a “smart” system, backed by AI, which helps judges in handling cases. It can compare evidence, find loopholes and confirm their authenticity.

    “Today, many criminals are using high technology to commit crimes. It requires our judicial departments to keep up with the tide,” said Ruan Zhujun, director of the procuratorates political department.

    It is part of the city’s ongoing judicial reform, he said, adding that another highlight is “flexible” personnel arrangements.

    Under the rule, prosecutors take up no more than 33 percent of the total staff of a procuratorate. The average percentage of Shanghai is 29.1 percent.