Supreme People’s Court Issues Guiding Opinions on the Handling of COVID-Related Cases

Sep 4, 2020
Wan Jia, Liu Sichen and Hannibal El-Mohtar of Anjie Law Firm highlight some of the practical aspects of the SPC Guiding Opinions and their roles in the trial, practice and resolution of COVID-related cases

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The SPC Guiding Opinions contain several specific stipulations and have provided practical guidance on resolving different types of disputes arising during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

In response to several practical legal issues encountered by courts in trials arising out of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Supreme People’s Court of China (SPC) has issued the Guiding Opinions on Several Issues Concerning the Lawful and Proper Trial of Civil Cases Involving the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Epidemic (2) and (3) (关于依法妥善审理涉新冠肺炎疫情民事案件若干问题的指导意见(二)(三)) on May 15, 2020 and June 8, 2020, respectively (“SPC Guiding Opinions (2)”, “SPC Guiding Opinions (3)”, collectively the “SPC Guiding Opinions”).

Generally, the SPC Guiding Opinions are organized by legal topics. As for the content, SPC Guiding Opinions (2) mainly deal with trials in three legal fields including contracts, finance, and bankruptcy. For their part, SPC Guiding Opinions (3) are more focused on procedural trial issues; they also discuss transport contract cases and maritime and admiralty cases.

The SPC Guiding Opinions contain several specific stipulations and have provided practical guidance on resolving different types of disputes arising during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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