China Laws and Regulations Update in September 2023

1. Civil Procedure Law of the People’s Republic of China (Amended)

Promulgated by Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress

Promulgation date: 1 September, 2023

Implementation date: 1 January, 2024

Document number: Chinese President Order No. 11

The Decision focuses on amending and improving the part on “Special Provisions on Foreign-related Civil Procedures”. Specifically, it amends the relevant provisions on jurisdiction, expanding the jurisdiction of Chinese courts over foreign-related civil cases; adds the general provisions on parallel proceedings, the principle of forum non conveniens, and other relevant provisions; amends the relevant provisions on service of litigation documents on a party that has no domicile within the territory of the People’s Republic of China; improves the system of judicial assistance in foreign-related civil cases, and adds relevant provisions on the investigation and evidence collection outside the territory of the People’s Republic of China ; and improves the basic rules on the recognition and enforcement of effective judgments and rulings by foreign courts. The Decision also makes corresponding amendments to other parts, such as the addition of a new section on “Cases of Appointment of Estate Administrator” in the original Chapter XV on “Special Procedures”. (Source: National People’s Congress)