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GBA rule of law action plan released

The Action Plan on the Construction of Rule of Law in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been released, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced today.   Secretary for Justice Paul Lam explained that the action plan has two intentions, namely to underpin the guiding principle of “Three Interfaces, Two Connects & One Greater Bay Area”, and strengthen collaboration with the legal and dispute resolution sectors and other stakeholders to effectively implement policy measures set out in the plan.   Through mechanisms, regulatory frameworks and talent – the “three interfaces” – the DoJ said it will promote hardware and software connectivity in constructing rule of law in the bay area, co-operation between the various cities according to their respective strengths, and collaboration between different legal systems, thereby eventually achieving the goal of “one Greater Bay Area”.   Deputy Secretary for Justice Cheung Kwok-kwan, who is also the leading Hong Kong

Pledge event to promote mediation

The Department of Justice will hold the “Mediate First” Pledge Event 2023 on May 5 to further promote the mediation culture.   Secretary for Justice Paul Lam and his deputy Cheung Kwok-kwan will speak at the event.   International Organization for Mediation Preparatory Office Director-General Sun Jin will also deliver a keynote speech, while judges, lawyers and mediators will share their insights.   There will be an introduction on the use of a case settlement conference to create a synergy effect between the litigation and alternative dispute resolution process, and how everyday disputes can be resolved through mediation.   A drama will also be presented and the Mediation Information Fair will be held this year for participants to get more information on mediation services, training courses and the accreditation mechanism for mediators.   The “Mediate First” Pledge signing ceremony and a Star Logo Award presentation ceremony will be held right after the forum, aiming to encourage the pledgees to continue to fulfil their “Mediate First” pledge and proactively consider using mediation to resolve disputes.   A total of 32 pledgees will be awarded the Star Logo this year.
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