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New Amendments to PRC Civil Procedure Law Aimed at Increasing Efficiency, Transparency and Parties' Autonomy

17 January 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update

The newly revised Civil Procedure Law of the People's Republic of China (Revised CPL) came into effect on 1 January 2013. Approximately 60 amendments made to the existing CPL, amended in April 2008, will bring about further changes and developments over civil litigations in China. The Revised CPL adopts some provisions from the current judicial interpretation issued by Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China (SPC) and also borrow new rules from other common law jurisdictions, to meet the rapid social development, striving to increase efficiency, transparency and parties' autonomy in civil litigation. This Legal Update highlights some of those significant amendments as well as their practical implications.

For inquiries related to this Legal Update, please contact Terence Tung, Thomas SoTom Fu or your usual contacts with our firm.


  • Terence Tung
    Senior Partner
    T +852 2843 4428
  • Thomas S. T. So
    T +852 2843 4502
  • Tom K. M. Fu
    T +86 10 6599 9234
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