Judicial System

1. Chinese judicial system is generally divided into 4 tiers: Basic People's Courts, Intermediate People's Courts, High People's Courts, and the Supreme People's Court, corresponding with 4 levels of administrative divisions.

2. Basic People's Courts: Each county, county-level city, municipal district has its own people's court. Designated Internet Courts (Beijing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou) fall into the category of Basic People's Courts.

3. Intermediate People's Courts: Each municipal-level city has its own Intermediate People's Court. Designated Intellectual Property Courts (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou) fall into the category of Intermediate People's Courts.

4. High People's Courts: Each province, autonomous region, direct-municipality (Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing) as well as the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. has its own high people's court.

5. The PRC Supreme People's Court

6. "Three in One" Adjudication The Chinese courts are undergoing a reform that combines IPrelated administrative, civil and criminal adjudications into the responsibilities of IP-specialized judges if the given cases involve administrative, civil and criminal law so as to increase the efficiency of the legal proceedings.

7. Cross-Region Jurisdiction Some Basic People's Courts and Intermediate People's Courts have cross-region jurisdiction over IPrelated cases in accordance with the guidelines of the Supreme People's Court.

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