(Yicai Global) Oct. 9 -- Shanghai Qingpu District Court has set up a special court at the venue for the upcoming China International Import Expo to handle civil and commercial cases relating to the event, which already number 16.
It set up the People's Court of West Hongqiao yesterday at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, where the first ever CIIE is set to take place this November. It will accept cases relating to the expo, the venue, the exhibition sector in general and commercial cases concerning foreign affairs.
Qingpu Court has already taken 16 cases concerning the expo since the start of this year, with two of them worth more than CNY10 million (USD1.4 million). Both of those relate to housing leases filed by the NEEC.
"The litigation center of the CIIE is close to the exhibition venues and can provide one-stop, zero-distance services and support for the expo," said Lin Xiaonie, Qingpu Court's president. "It provides all parties with litigation services including guidance, case acceptance and mediation."
The new court will have a specialized trial court for foreign-related cases, and has already employed two judges, two assistant judges and two clerks, four of which already have experience dealing with foreign affairs.
It plans to set up a jury and professional mediation system with experts in international trade, exhibitions and other fields serving as jurors and participating in trials. The court has also hired the Shanghai Mediation Center under the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the Shanghai Commercial Mediation Center and two other intermediaries to provide consulting services.
Parties will be able to file cases via the window services or using their smart devices, said Wu Xiaoguo, president of the new court.
"If a dispute arises during the exhibition and needs to be resolved through court, the parties can generate a QR code for, which will be sent directly to a judge," he said. "Once the judge accepts the case he can set a court time and send it to the litigant's smartphones immediately."
Editor: James Boynton