by Xia Dongxia Yang Ting King & Wood Mallesons’ Dispute Resolution Group
The Interpretation of the Supreme People’s Court on Issues Concerning the Application of Law for Hearing Cases of Sale and Purchase Contract Related Disputes (the “Interpretation”) was ratified at the 1545th Meeting of the Judicial Committee of the Supreme People’s Court on March 31, 2012, and became effective on July 1, 2012. The Interpretation, which includes eight parts and forty-six articles, further clarifies the application of laws regarding the establishment and validity of sale and purchase contracts, delivery and transfer of title, risk allocation, inspection and acceptance of the subject matter, liabilities for breach and retention of title, as well as special sales transactions. It is believed that the Interpretation will function significantly in enhancing the practicability of the existing contract rules, providing instructions to the people’s courts of all levels for the fair trial over contract disputes, protecting relevant parties’ lawful rights and interests and regulating market transactions.
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