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.
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