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Hong Kong Civil Justice Reforms

10 February 2009

Please visit "CJR one year on" for the latest updates.

The Civil Justice Reforms (CJR) came into effect on 2 April 2009 and has brought significant changes to the way litigation is conducted in Hong Kong.

Developed by Allen & Overy's Litigation team, this is an easy to use website that provides information on key practical aspects of the changes.


The CJR is effectively a revamp of the existing civil procedure system. The proposed changes are designed to change the litigation culture in Hong Kong, with the courts taking on a much more pro-active role in case management and litigants needing to be more forthright in pleading their cases. Hong Kong courts, like those in a number of other jurisdictions, have struggled to address the increasing delays, complexity and expense associated with modern litigation. The principal aims of the CJR are therefore to reduce delays, improve cost-effectiveness, ensure the court's resources are distributed fairly and to facilitate the early settlement of disputes.

We will continue to monitor and report on the latest developments on the implementation of the CJR. Please re-visit this website for the latest updates.


Our CJR bulletins

About CJR

Civil Justice Reforms in Hong Kong – In the nick of time

Civil Justice Reforms: The Road Ahead – Part 1

Civil Justice Reforms: The Road Ahead - Part 2

Civil Justice Reforms: The Road Ahead - Part 3


CJR updates  

Civil Justice Reform: One Year On (Apr 2010)

Civil Justice Reforms Update (Jun 2009)

The Civil Justice Reform Six Months on – Effective or Defective? (Sept 2009)


New Changes


Pre-action disclosure between financial institutions in a potential mis-selling dispute
Statement of truth: And the truth will set you free (Nov 2009)
Cost: The great balancing act: Juggling time, money and justice
Mediation:  Can you afford not to mediate? (Jan 2010) 


CJR and the Woolf Reforms

The Impact of the Woolf Reforms in the U.K.

The demise of the party expert!: Cry Woolf, by Angus Ross, Litigation Partner, Allen & Overy, Kathryn Britten, Head of Forensic Accounting and Partner, BDO Stoy Hayward, and Andy Cottle, Director of BDO Stoy Hayward


Our CJR comments in the press

Angus was quoted by Sing Tao Daily on Civil Justice Reform on the 30 April 2009. The story was based on their interview with Chief Justice Andrew Li

"Hong Kong's new rules of engagement", by Angus Ross, published in the March 2009 issue of Asialaw

"Courting change - A long-anticipated and profound reform of Hong Kong's civil justice system begins this week", by Albert Wong, South China Morning Post, 30 Mar 2009, A12, quoting Angus Ross.

"New rules aim to cut litigation costs, delays", by Angus Ross, published in the South China Morning Post, 06 April 2009


Upcoming events:


16 April 2010 - Friday
Conference: Civil Justice Reform - What has it Achieved?"
Details: On 15 April, Jon Witts, Consultant, presents and joins a panel discussion on the Litigation Process / Case Management. The Conference is co-organised by the University of Hong Kong and University College London, at the Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong.
Date:  14 April 2010, Wednesday 
Lunch & Learn:
Civil Justice Reform: one year on (242 KB, PDF)
Date: 8 and 29 October 2009
Breakfast Briefing: Civil Justice Reforms updates – six months on (357 KB, PDF)
Date: 25 March 2009
Lunch & Learn: Document Management and e-disclosure – reigning in the monster (256 KB, PDF)
Date: 25 February 2009 and 3 March 2009
Lunch & Learn:
Civil Justice Reforms: The Road Ahead


For further information, please e-mail


Our main CJR contacts:

Angus Ross is a Partner in the Hong Kong office, and advises banks, financial institutions and large corporates on the conduct of complex litigation, regulatory disputes and internal investigations.


Related websites:

Judiciary, Hong Kong SAR:
English: Civil Justice Reforms -

繁體中文: 民事司法制度改革 -

Hong Kong Legal Information Institute:

Civil Procedure Rules (England and Wales):

Access to Justice, by The Right Honourable the Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls, July 1996:


For more information please contact your Allen & Overy relationship contact. If you do not know who your contact is, or you are a new client, please contact Vicky Cheng , Business Development Manager.