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  1. Rules require hearings before leniency decisions

    Posted Feb 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... judgments,' a Supreme People's Court spokesman told Xinhua. 'This does not help promote scientific decision-making and is not good for protecting the rights of defendants. 'Holding open ... Ng Tze-wei tzewei.ng@scmp.com The nation's top court has issued new guidelines on the reduction of jail sentences and the granting of parole in hopes of demystifying the two ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/993881/rules-require-hearings-leniency-decisions
  2. City Digest

    Posted Dec 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Seventh vote-rigging suspect appears in court A seventh vote-rigging suspect, accused of registering to vote with a false address in the district council polls last month, appeared in court yesterday. He registered the same address as six others- three men and three women, aged 21 to 45- who appeared in court on the same charge on Monday. Hawker Wong Ka-hong, 29, faces one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/987045/city-digest
  3. Top court's review has two goals

    Posted Jun 29th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vivien Cui The Supreme People's Court campaign to review sentences handed down by lower courts is both an offensive against corruption and an attempt to enforce discipline, lawyers and scholars say. The court announced at the weekend that it would start a nationwide review of lower courts' decisions to reduce prison terms and offer early parole. The review would focus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/461267/top-courts-review-has-two-goals
  4. Web critics attack court over lenient sentences

    Posted Feb 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the number of death sentences and have tried to resolve disputes rather than resorting to heavy-handed sentencing. In 2000, the Supreme People's Court granted judges the discretionary power ... time by compensating their victims has been applauded by legal analysts and condemned on the internet. The Yangcheng Evening News reports that courts in Dongguan have reduced sentences ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/580514/web-critics-attack-court-over-lenient-sentences
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Presumed guilty in China

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 12:00am by ZHOU ZUNYOU

    ... to the police statement, Shen Deyong, vice-president of the Supreme People's Court, published an article in the People's Court Daily to address the unprecedented challenges caused by recently ... judged as such by a court according to the law. The Chinese version of the presumption of innocence has been hailed as great progress in Chinese criminal procedure, although its wording differs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1252146/presumed-guilty-china
  6. Action to be taken against stars advertising substandard medicine

    Posted May 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate yesterday gave the legal interpretation on how criminal cases regarding the production and sale of fake or substandard drugs would ... Those accomplices should be severely dealt with in accordance with the law,' Xiong Xuanguo, vice-president of the Supreme People's Court, said. 'Ordinary citizens have strong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/681617/action-be-taken-against-stars-advertising-substandard-medicine
  7. Prosecutors and judges hampered by funds shortage

    Posted Mar 12th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/540122/prosecutors-and-judges-hampered-funds-shortage
  8. Rough justice

    Posted Aug 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... that Anhui courts are even more unsympathetic to the rights of criminal defendants and their lawyers than most other mainland courts. Could it be that Wang Shengjun, the president of the Supreme ... In any event, since the sentence will be determined politically, amongst Beijing's highest leaders, it will not be subject to change, even by the Supreme People's Court. One wonders ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1008214/rough-justice
  9. Wider net urged to halt abuse of power

    Posted Jul 31st 2006, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Mainland courts came under fire last week when the Procuratorial Daily reported that up to 80 per cent of corrupt officials were given suspended sentences or not handed penalties at all. To intensify its crackdown, the Supreme People's Procuratorate has added 60 offences to the list of dereliction-of-duty crimes, including covering up coal mine disasters and epidemics. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/558617/wider-net-urged-halt-abuse-power
  10. Cleaning up

    Posted Apr 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... evidence was admissible against a defendant at his or her trial, although that has now changed. The Zhao case galvanised the authorities and, in July last year, the Supreme Court adopted a set ... conformity with international norms. The courts, however, need the support of others if this initiative is to succeed over the long term. The Supreme Court has recognised that the rules require ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/966075/cleaning

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