Prosecutors and judges hampered by funds shortage

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 March, 2006, 12:00am

Understaffing and lack of funding have severely affected the performance of mainland courts and prosecutors' offices, lawmakers were told yesterday.

The president of the Supreme People's Court, Xiao Yang , and Procurator-General Jia Chunwang both highlighted the problem in their reports to the National People's Congress.

They also stressed the need to improve professional qualifications for judges and state prosecutors.

'In the coastal regions and big cities, we don't have enough judges and many of them are badly overworked. In the central and western regions, experienced judges are leaving or retiring and we have difficulties to find the right replacements for them,' said Mr Xiao. 'We are short of money and many local courts lack proper facilities.'

Court officials have long complained that judges and other court officials in poorer western parts of the country have resigned in droves because of low pay.

Mr Jia urged the government to allocate more resources. 'Lack of funding has severely affected our work. The professional standards of our prosecutors are still low. We need to provide them with better training to improve their qualifications,' he said.