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CTD 101 Series: If I Am Not in China, Can I Still File a Lawsuit With Chinese Courts?

Sun, 03 Oct 2021
Contributors: Meng Yu 余萌


YES, but you need to hire a Chinese lawyer to file a lawsuit with Chinese courts on your behalf.

The lawyer can file a lawsuit and handle all relevant procedures on your behalf, even without requiring you to come to China at all.

In addition, according to Chinese law, you can only hire Chinese lawyers for representation in litigation. If needed, we may recommend Chinese lawyers for you.

It is worth noting that many local Chinese courts have allowed parties to participate in certain aspects of litigation, say the court trial, through the Internet.

Therefore, you can even participate in the trial of your case through your mobile phone or computer anywhere outside China.

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Besides, China is now allowing parties outside China to file lawsuits online with Chinese courts. However, foreigners who have not been to China and have not registered their real names in China’s border entry-exit system are not able to use the online suing system for the time being.

In any case, your Chinese lawyer can do everything for you.


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Contributors: Meng Yu 余萌

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