Court announces Lingang support measures

Tian Shengjie
Shanghai Financial Court aims to support development of the Lingang New Area as it releases measures including jurisdiction of transnational cases, technology and talent.
Tian Shengjie
Court announces Lingang support measures
Ti Gong

Shanghai Financial Court officials announce 15 measures for the Lingang New Area during a conference on Thursday.

The Shanghai Financial Court released 15 measures, including jurisdiction of transnational financial cases, technology and talent, to support development of the Lingang New Area of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone on Thursday.

More trade and cooperation between home and abroad will be seen in Lingang which will increase transnational financial disputes and may cause new financial problems, said Zhao Hong, president of the court.

Under the new measures, litigants can choose the international court or domestic court to deal with financial disputes. But if transnational disputes affected domestic customers' and investors’ rights and interests, the city’s court would be assigned the case.

Different regulations will be released for new financial issues. Zhao said the new regulations are being discussed by the Shanghai branch of the People's Bank of China, adding that based on international treaty and practice, Shanghai aims to establish a special regulation that conforms to the country's national conditions. She also said a group including experts in financial law, professors and professional members from the court is in charge of solving new issues.

The result of the trial will be the criterion for the next trial. “Legislation always lags behind,” Zhao said. To solve new financial cases, the previous trial will be a model to regulate the trial of similar cases. Zhao said cases in Chinese and English translated by the court's translation group, named "Yiyanshe," will be published on its website for both domestic and international investors.

More technologies, including artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain will be used for justice. For example, a real-time translation system based on AI technology was developed by the court last year. The system can provide real-time translation during a hearing, Zhao said.

To support all measures being more practicable, the court is keen to attract international financial talent. It will train students with universities and encourage judges to participate in exchange activities in international justice studies.

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