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Maritime courts contribute to orderly international trade

Maritime courts play an important role in providing judicial guarantees for international shipping and international trade, according to Luo Dongchuan, vice-president of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), who was speaking at a maritime judicial conference in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, on Nov 22.

At the meeting, Luo said this year marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up. The maritime court is a result of the policy.

Courts responsible for maritime trials have maintained international trade and promoted the passing and optimization of the Maritime Law and the Special Maritime Procedure Law.

Luo required courts to build professional judge groups for maritime trials and adopt the split-flow model, which diverts complicated and simple cases into different channels, to improve judicial efficiency and quality.

He also mentioned that an international maritime judicial center should be constructed to increase international judicial exchange and cooperation.

News from: Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China

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