Amy Chung Michael Maguiness July 24 2018 Significant increases to District Court's monetary jurisdiction RPC | Litigation - Hong Kong Amy Chung, Michael Maguiness Litigation IntroductionBackgroundSnapshot of changesIntroductionAs noted in previous updates, significant increases to the jurisdictional limits for civil claims in the District Court have been proposed. The upper limit of the monetary jurisdiction for the Small Claims Tribunal is also set to increase. The Legislative Council of Hong Kong recently passed resolutions which increase these jurisdictional limits by way of amendments to the District Court Ordinance (Cap 336) and the Small Claims Tribunal Ordinance (Cap 338). These amendments will come into effect on 3 December 2018.(1)BackgroundThe background to the increases to the jurisdictional limits is set out in more detail in previous updates.(2)The District Court's enhanced jurisdiction to deal with higher-value claims is intended (among other things) to improve access to the courts and procedural efficiencies. It is hoped this will alleviate the burden on the High Court by allowing for more resources to be dedicated to dealing with more complex claims. In this context, the changes can be seen as Hong Kong's overall push to broaden the appeal of its status as a regional disputes hub.Snapshot of changesAmendments to monetary jurisdictional limitsJurisdictionExisting Limit (HK$)New Limit (HK$)District CourtGeneral jurisdiction (eg, contract or tort claims)1 million3 millionEquity jurisdiction where claims wholly involve or relate to land3 million7 millionEquity jurisdiction where claims do not involve or relate to land1 million3 millionJurisdiction for disputes as to land (in terms of the annual rent, rateable value or annual value of land)240,000320,000Small Claims TribunalJurisdiction of the Small Claims Tribunal50,00075,000Revised fees for filing of claims at the Small Claims TribunalExisting claim amount (HK$)Revised claim amount (HK$)Fees (HK$)Not exceeding 3,000Not exceeding 5,00020Exceeds 3,000 but does not exceed 17,000Exceeds 5,000 but does not exceed 25,00040Exceeds 17,000 but does not exceed 33,000Exceeds 25,000 but does not exceed 50,00070Exceeds 33,000 but does not exceed 50,000Exceeds 50,000 but does not exceed 75,000120For further information on this topic please contact Amy Chung or Michael Maguiness at RPC by telephone (+852 2216 7000) or email ([email protected] or [email protected]). The RPC website can be accessed at www.rpc.co.uk.Endnotes (1) LN 131 and LN 132 of 2018, dated 27 June 2018. Commencement Notices LN 138 and LN 139 of 2018, dated 29 June 2018.(2) For further details please see "District Court's civil monetary jurisdiction set to treble" and "District Court civil monetary jurisdiction to treble". For more general background, see LegCo paper on "Review of the Civil Jurisdictional Limits of the District Court and the Small Claims Tribunal".