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General adjournment in Hong Kong does not extend duration of ex parte injunction

29 April 2020. Published by Carmel Green, Partner and Antony Sassi, Managing Partner, Asia

In Hong Kong, the courts have generally been closed, save for urgent and essential court business as a result of COVID-19.

Details have been set out in various public notifications issued by the judiciary administration.  However, a court has held that the general adjourned period (GAP) does not generally extend the duration of an injunction granted on an urgent basis before the GAP commenced on 29 January 2020 and listed for a return date (for continuation or discharge) during the GAP.  In such circumstances, the proper thing for a plaintiff to do is to apply to extend the duration of the ex parte injunction before its expiry on the basis that the application is an urgent matter that may be dealt with during the GAP.

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