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On 25 December 2019, the PRC Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) released the amended Provisions on Evidence for Civil Proceedings (“Amended Evidence Rules”), which will come into force on 1 May 2020, replacing the old evidence rules that have been in effect since 2002. Major Provisions Significant provisions in the Amended Evidence Rules include, among others, the following. 1. Electronic data evidence Articles 14, 15, 93 and 94 of the Amended Evidence Rules set out the…

On October 1, 2019, the “Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of Arbitral Proceedings by the Courts of the Mainland and of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” (“Arrangement”) entered into between the Hong Kong Government and China’s Supreme People’s Court came into force. This Arrangement allows, for the first time, parties to arbitrations[1] seated outside of Mainland China to obtain interim relief protection[2] from Chinese Courts. The Arrangement is reciprocal…