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Small-claims civil cases to get speedier

SMALL-CLAIMS civil disputes involving less than 15,000 yuan (US$2,405) won't be subject to appeal when a judgment is rendered in local courts next year, the Shanghai Higher People's Court said yesterday.

"By speeding up every procedure, judges can save a lot of time on simple and clear small-claim cases. It will also be faster and more convenient for both parties to get their disputes settled," said Sheng Yongqiang, vice president of the higher people's court.

The new trial system in Shanghai is in line with the newly-amended Chinese Civil Procedure Law taking effect on January 1.

Not every case involving less than 15,000 yuan can be adapted to the "final ruling at first trial" system, Sheng said. The court listed seven kinds of cases that are appropriate, including credit card debt disputes between banks and cardholders, and traffic accident compensation disputes between drivers and victims.


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