Sanya's first int'l civil & commercial court established
Mr. Tong Daochi, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Hainan Provincial Committee and Secretary of the CPC Sanya Municipal Committee and Mrs. Wang Shumei, Chief Judge of the Fourth Civil Division of the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China unveiled the plaque of The Second International Civil and Commercial Court of Hainan on September 26th, 2019. (Photo from the Sanya Released)
The Second International Civil and Commercial Court of Hainan — the first in Sanya to specialize in foreign-related civil and commercial cases — was officially inaugurated at the Intermediate People’s Court Sanya on September 26th, 2019.
The new court will play an important role in improving the city’s judicial service system, offering greater convenience in handling foreign-related civil and commercial disputes, promoting a legal, international, and convenient commercial environment and a just, open, and unified market environment.
The court has jurisdiction over first-instance foreign, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan-related civil and commercial cases within Sanya, Dongfang, Wanning, Wuzhishan, Lingshui, Baoting, Baisha, and Ledong involving disputed amounts not to exceed RMB 5 billion.
In order to deliver accurate information for parties and audiences in the courtroom during trial proceedings, The Second International Civil and Commercial Court of Hainan will conduct hearings in multiple languages including English, French, and Russian, with simultaneous interpretation provided. The court also uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology to modernize the judiciary process with the goal of promoting justice and transparency.
Meanwhile, another two courts — The First International Civil and Commercial Court of Hainan and the Haikou Intellectual Property Court — opened in Haikou on the same day as the opening of the international civil and commercial court.
The three new courts, which are to hear the province’s first-instance cases as related to technical IP civil and administrative litigation and foreign-related civil and commercial litigation, are expected to enhance the judicial environment in Hainan in support of the province’s free trade zone (port) development under the national strategic plan.