The Supreme Court of PRC Published Guidelines on How to Deal With COVID-19-related Cases

    April 2020

    On April 20, 2020, the Supreme Court of People’s Republic of China (PRC) has published the “Guiding Opinion on the Proper Handling of Civil Cases Involving the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak in Accordance With the Laws” (1) (关于依法妥善审理涉新冠 肺炎疫情民事案件若干问题的指导意见(一)) (the “Guiding Opinion”) in response to the common issues and questions about cases arising out of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, which serves almost as a judicial interpretation that is expected to be followed by all local courts. The highlights of the Guiding Opinion are as follows:

    • Application of force majeure principle
    • Labor and employment
    • Statute of limitations and litigation period