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SPC validates Taiwan rulings

THE Supreme People's Court of China yesterday issued a judicial interpretation to further regulate mainland courts' recognition of verdicts in civil cases made by Taiwan courts.

The judicial interpretation, effective yesterday, states that verdicts made by Taiwan courts, once recognized by mainland courts, have the same effect on the mainland as verdicts made by courts here. It also further specified the range of civil cases entitled to recognition.

Recognition is for Taiwan people who live in the mainland and are involved in civil cases for which a Taiwan court already issued a verdict.

Due to decades of political stand-off, judicial systems on the mainland and Taiwan used to have little exchanges or cooperation, which made jurisdiction very difficult - especially when economic exchanges between the two sides increased and more Taiwan businessmen came to live on the mainland.

As a follow-up effort to an agreement on mutual judicial assistance signed by top negotiators from the two sides on April 26 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, the new interpretation says civil cases on commercial affairs, intellectual property and maritime affairs are also entitled to recognition.

Previously, most Taiwan court verdicts recognized by mainland courts were in cases about relationships and identities, said a judge, who spoke on condition of anonymity, from the No. 1 Civil Tribunal of the SPC.

Conciliation statements and orders of payment on civil cases made by Taiwan courts and settlements reached by Taiwan arbitration institutions are also entitled to recognition.


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