Chinese Legal Translations and Commencing the Arbitration Process in China

We’ve blogged about certified legal translation and multilingual arbitration interpreting services for international arbitration. We also blogged about English-Chinese and Chinese-English legal translation services required for doing business in China. In China, an arbitration proceeding will typically not commence unless both parties have prepared all necessary documentation as required for the arbitration. Depending on which jurisdiction the proceeding is occurring in, this will likely require foreign language translations. Further, according to Article 14 of the Rules of Arbitration, all this information must be provided via the appointed application for arbitration. Once complete, the application must be submitted to the appointed commission, who will then provide notification and the necessary details.

As a matter of procedure, once given proper notice, the defendant can raise objection or make counter-claims to the commission within 60 days. If no objection or counter-claim is made, then the arbitration will be based on the evidence and foreign language translations of that evidence – provided by the plaintiff.

Once all evidence, objections and counter-claims are submitted, a date for the arbitration hearing will be set. However, a party may request an extension of said date by showing reasonable cause – such as the need for additional time to procure the necessary foreign language translations.

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