New Mainland-Hong Kong arrangement for reciprocal enforcement of civil and commercial judgments comes into effect today

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.

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A new chapter of mutual recognition and enforcement of judgments between Mainland and Hong Kong: Hong Kong sets a date to implement the Mainland Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance (Cap. 645)

Introduction and legislative history

Recently, on 10 November 2023, the Hong Kong Government announced that the Mainland Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance (Cap. 645) (the “Ordinance”) will become effective on 29 January 2024. This marks a new chapter for mutual recognition and enforcement of judgments in Mainland and Hong Kong.

The Ordinance implements the Arrangement on Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters by the Courts of the Mainland and HKSAR (the “Arrangement”), which the Supreme People’s Court of Mainland and the Hong Kong Government signed on 18 January 2019. Continue reading