Courts warned over delicate disputes

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 July, 2009, 12:00am

A new Supreme People's Court opinion is urging mainland courts to take special care when handling disputes brought about by the financial crisis that involve government decisions.

'The courts should proactively tackle new problems created by changes in the economic situation, guide people to express their pleas through rational and legal ways, and resolve in a timely way these administrative disputes,' it stated.

Issued on June 26 and released yesterday, the opinion listed five scenarios to watch for: disputes created by land grabs and urban demolition in bids to boost the economy; disputes regarding the right to use land as more migrants move back to their villages; disputes over government handouts of welfare subsidies; disputes stemming from company closures that require labour bureau involvement; and disputes over back pay.