Hopes high for pact on civil judgments overseas

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 May, 1997, 12:00am

The Government hopes to reach agreement on enforcing civil judgments overseas at the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group plenum starting tommorrow.

The three-day plenary session will be the last before the handover.

Deputy Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Clement Mak Ching-hung said the agreement on civil judgments was important.

If a court ruled in favour of a client in a civil lawsuit and found that the other party did not have adequate assets in Hong Kong, the client could seek compensation from the other party's overseas assets.

Other issues on the agenda include detailed arrangements for the handover ceremony, civil aviation and localisation of laws.

Although the Government was confident agreements could be ironed out in the plenary session, legislators said it should give a list of those that remained unresolved and an assessment of their impact.

The administration agreed to reveal its assessments after the plenary session, which ends on Friday.