Xiamen, China, June 16 (CNA) The first Chinese court devoted to handling cases related to Taiwan was launched Friday at the People's Court of Haicang District in Xiamen, Fujian Province, Chinese media reported.
The reports said all civil and commercial cases in Xiamen that are relatedto Taiwan will be dealt with by the court in the first trial stage, a move thatwas approved in mid-January by the Fijian High Court.
The jurisdiction covers cases involving disputes over amounts of up to 30 million yuan (US$4.71 million) between two parties in Xiamen,and cases involving amounts up to 15 million yuan when one of the partiesis not in Xiamen.
Haicang is the biggest investment destination for Taiwanese businessmen in Xiamen, who have invested large sums in the bonded harbor area of Haicang, the reports said, adding that 17 out of Taiwan's 100 top enterprises have investments in Haicang.
It is estimated that the court will handle at least 500 cases related to Taiwan each year.
The court has four new measures -- online registrationfor filing cases, a "digital court" to allow long-distance trials, anight court and a circuit court.
Cao Fagui, presiding judge of the first court established to exclusively handle Taiwan-related cases, said the court has threeadvantages.
First, it will have uniform criteria for meting out rulings. Second, it will facilitate litigants in their lawsuits and save on costs and third, it will accumulate experience in handling cases related to Taiwan, which will be a positive development in the promotion of cross-Taiwan Strait judicialexchanges, Cao said.
(By Chen Hung-chin and Lilian Wu)