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Hong Kong civil disputes to embrace apology

Monday, 29th August 2017


Amid much coverage, on July 13 2017 the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed the Apology Bill with the aim of removing certain legal disincentives for parties to convey an apology in the context of civil disputes. The Apology Ordinance (Cap 631) has symbolic importance. In the footsteps of many overseas jurisdictions which have already adopted apology legislation (eg, Canada and Australia), Hong Kong is the first Asian jurisdiction to enact this type of legislation, which generally precludes an apology from being taken into account in the determination of fault and liability. That said, except for certain claims involving (for example) clinical negligence or alleged fault on the part of government departments, it may transpire that many defendants are still cautious about offering apologies."

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Source: RPC
Language: English
Contact: Mark So, Gary Yin

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