Qianhai Court to Allow Jurors from Hong Kong to Participate in Trials and Arbitration

Qianhai Court to Allow Jurors from Hong Kong to Participate in Trials and ArbitrationAfter a whitepaper on litigation was presented which involves foreign interests was issued by the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court that now allows Hong Kong jurors to participate in trial and arbitration in Qianhai as the special economic zone is piloting a Hong Kong jury system.

The Qianhai Court was unveiled in September of last year and is expected to have innovations in the modern court management as they will be introducing the Hong Kong jury system along with a mediation center for business disputes that involved interests of Hong Kong and Shenzhen residents which is a major type of dispute in the Qianhai area. Ye Qing one of the court’s chief judge of tribunals for business disputes that involves foreign interests stated that the court will implement a policy that will invite Hong Kong citizens to participate in Qianhai courts trials to so that they can expand legal assistance across Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

The Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court created the country’s first judicial tribunal in 1988 which focused on business disputes involving foreign interests from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan residents. But a lack of law on recognition of court rulings and investigations between Shenzhen and Hong Kong courts which in turn was to blame for the hampering of economic development between the two regions. By allowing Hong Kong jurors will expand cross border legal assistance for civil and business disputes

Then from 2008 up to 2013 there were more than 9,000 cases that involved overseas interests that were litigated in Shenzhen courts and 79 percent of the cases involved Hong Kong residents.

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