Section 2 Preparations for Trial
"Article 113 The people's court shall send a copy of the statement of complaint to the defendant1
within five days after docketing the case, and the defendant shall file a defence within 15 days from receipt of the copy of the statement of complaint. "
"When the defendant files a defence, the people's court shall send a copy of it to the plaintiff within five days from its receipt. "
Failure by the defendant to file a defence shall not prevent the case from being tried by the people's court.
"Article 114 The people's court shall, with respect to cases whose acceptance has been decided2
, inform the parties in the notification of acceptance and in the notification calling for responses to the action of their relevant litigation rights and obligations of which the parties may likewise be informed orally."
Article 115 The parties shall be notified within three days after the members of the collegial panel are determined3
Article 116 The judicial4
officers must carefully examine and verify the case materials and carry out investigations6
and collection of necessary evidence.
Article 117 The personnel sent by a people's court to conduct investigations shall produce their credentials7
before the person to be investigated.
The written record of an investigation5
shall be checked by the person investigated and then signed or sealed by both the investigator8
and the investigated.
"Article 118 A people's court may, when necessary, entrust9
a people's court in another locality with the investigations."
people's court shall clearly set out the matters for and requirements of the entrusted11
The entrusted people's court may on its own initiative conduct supplementary12
The entrusted people's court shall complete the investigations within 30 days after receiving the commission in writing.
"If for some reason it cannot complete the investigations, the said people's court shall notify the entrusting people's court in writing within the above-mentioned time limit."
"Article 119 If a party who must participate in a joint13
action fails to participate in the proceedings14
, the people's court shall notify him to participate."