THE District Court and the Lands Tribunal are to hear cases in Chinese after four sets of relevant court rules are amended tomorrow. The Judiciary said civil proceedings, matrimonial cases and employees' compensation cases in the District Court, as well as proceedings in the Lands Tribunal, could be conducted in Chinese. Assistant Judiciary Administrator Susan Mak expected the first case in the above courts in Chinese could be heard in a few months. She said the administration would next month table to the Legislative Council the court rules on the use of Chinese in criminal proceedings in the District Court. Criminal cases in the High Court would be heard in Chinese in early 1997. The news comes after the first High Court civil case to be heard in Chinese was declared a success last week. The new court rules, including District Court Civil Procedure Rules, Matrimonial Cause (Amendment) Rules, Employees' Compensation Rules and Lands Tribunal (Amendment) Rules, set out when and how Chinese can be used. Mrs Mak said under the new rules, the judge would decide the language used in the hearing, with the objective of having the case dealt with in a just manner. The rules will also provide a way by which a translation of documents, either Chinese or English, can be obtained. If a request for a translation is refused by the Judiciary, it can be made to the court.