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.

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