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Hong Kong and Mainland establish GBA legal cooperation platform

The platform advances judicial and legal matters in GBA.

The Hong Kong Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Supreme People’s Court of the People's Republic of China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a standing interface platform for judicial and legal cooperation in the Greater Bay Area (GBA).

The platform will serve as a regular and institutionalised high-level official communication mechanism.

“The two sides reached an agreement on various fronts to enhance the advantages of the GBA development, including the establishment of a standing interface mechanism to deepen the judicial and legal interface of regulatory frameworks in the GBA, thereby enhancing the cross-boundary multifaceted dispute resolution mechanism,” the HK government said.

The parties also agreed to strengthen cooperation in training foreign-related legal talent and conduct regular exchanges and visits of relevant officers.

Under the framework, both sides will convene high-level joint meetings at least once a year to set priorities, prepare the work plans and programmes, and notify each other regularly.

The standing interface platform would allow both sides to advance work on judicial and legal matters relating to the Greater Bay Area and better utilise its “one country, two systems and three jurisdictions.”

The ultimate purpose of the interface platform is to consolidate Hong Kong’s status as a centre for international legal and dispute resolution services in the Asia-Pacific region.

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