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Hainan Looks to Improve Judicial Services to Facilitate Opening-up

As moves to facilitate Hainan’s opening-up, the Supreme People’s Court has recently issued its Opinions on Providing Judicial Services and Safeguards for the Comprehensive Deepening of Reform and Opening-up of Hainan, which is seen as something of a blueprint for the island province as it looks to establish an efficient, rules-based, international business environment.

In particular, the Court emphasises the need for effective trial proceedings against any individuals whose criminal activity may undermine Hainan’s reform and opening-up programme, while enhancing trial proceedings of civil and commercial matters. The Court also highlights the importance of properly processing and adjudicating all maritime-related issues.

Above all, though, the Court singles out the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) as a priority. In order to ensure all such rights are duly honored, it advises that the judiciary needs to take a leading role, while also lending its support to the establishment of a dedicated IPR court. The policy document concludes by highlighting the need for due prudence in all finance-related legal proceedings, with the judiciary dutybound, in all such instances, to minimise risk and to prevent any disruption to the day-to-day operation of the local financial markets.

For further details (in Chinese), please visit the following link:

Opinions on Providing Judicial Services and Safeguards for the Comprehensive Deepening of Reform and Opening-up of Hainan (Fa Fa No. 16 [2018])

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