Judges discuss plan to tackle corruption in legal system

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 August, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 August, 1999, 12:00am

A five-year reform of the court system is being studied in an attempt to curb corruption, the top judge says.

Xiao Yang, president of the Supreme People's Court, said there were problems with legal concepts and the operation and enforcement of the mainland's judicial system.

Some judicial officials had fallen prey to bribery, hedonism and abuse of power, the semi-official China News Service quoted the judge as saying.

The resulting corruption had directly affected the state's authority.

The judge also hit out at areas where laws had been 'localised' and interfered with the judiciary's independence.

'Such practice has endangered the unity and authority of the legal system'.

Mr Xiao made his remarks at a forum in Shanghai for senior judges, where the five-year reform plan was discussed.

A major principle of the programme was to separate the handling of a case from its trial.

Enforcement of the law and monitoring of trials would also be handled separately, the news agency said.

The recruitment of judges would also change.

After the five-year period, judges in higher courts would only come from lower-level courts or senior legal professionals.