With the Arrangement on Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters by the Courts of the Mainland and HKSAR (the “Arrangement“) coming into effective today, a new era in cross-border judicial cooperation between Mainland China and Hong Kong has begun.

Please see here for our previous blog post discussing the key features of the Arrangement.

In Mainland China, on Friday, 26 January 2024, the Supreme People’s Court promulgated a judicial interpretation in relation to the Arrangement (the “Interpretation“, currently only available in simplified Chinese). The Interpretation largely tracks the wording of the Arrangement, and will give effect to the Arrangement in Mainland China.

In Hong Kong, the Arrangement is implemented by the Mainland Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance (Cap. 645) (the “Ordinance“).

Both the Interpretation and the Ordinance come into effect today.

If you have any queries, please contact Gareth Thomas, Rachael Shek, Jojo Fan, Weina Ye, Peter Ng, or your usual contact at Herbert Smith Freehills and / or Kewei, our Joint Operation firm in Mainland China.

Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas
Partner
+852 2101 4025
Rachael Shek
Rachael Shek
Partner, Hong Kong
+852 2101 4035
Jojo Fan
Jojo Fan
Partner
+852 2845 6639
Weina Ye
Weina Ye
International Partner, Kewei
+86 21 2322 2132
Peter Ng
Peter Ng
Senior Associate
+852 2101 4238