China’s newly amended Civil Procedure Law aims to reduce the caseload and simplify the litigation procedure by, among others, promoting online litigation and supporting mediation.
Litigation Explosion in China
Two recent notices issued by Chinese local courts manifest that the litigation explosion has delayed the trial schedule for many cases, amounting to a significant extension in the actual time of legal proceedings.
In July 2021, China’s Supreme People’s Court issued the “English Translation of Organizations, Positions and Workplaces of the People’s Court”, standardizing the relevant English translations.
Chinese judges work overtime to deal with the litigation explosion, which might render litigation less competitive than arbitration in China.
Chinese courts have been facing a litigation explosion in the recent five years, which has caused work overload to judges. Dealing with litigation explosion has now become one of the top priorities for the supreme court and local courts in China.