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Judicial System of the People'S Republic of China

Scales of injustice

In a global effort to attain 'soft power' matching its growing economic and military prowess, China spends huge sums operating Confucius Institutes at hundreds of foreign universities and internationalising its media outlets.

Friday, 6 July, 2012, 12:00am

Procedure Law needs to do itself justice

If one is trying take something positive away from recent cases on the mainland in which defence lawyers became the accused, it's worth noting these cases have helped put priority on what needs to be changed by amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL).

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Reforms must heed needs of the judiciary

Settlement of civil disputes with the help of professional mediators can save a lot of time and cost to both courts and the parties, not to mention stress. Such a sensible approach is now encouraged in Hong Kong. Reforms introduced last April promised to make civil justice more equally accessible, if not through mediation then by avoiding costly time-wasting by lawyers in court.

31 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Sometimes the old ways are best to solve disputes

Just as Confucius is back in vogue in education circles, the dispute resolution system in one enterprising district in Hangzhou is also experiencing a return to the traditional ways of the sage.

26 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Law reform

The Law Reform Commission wants a separate legal aid fund to cover civil lawsuits. Do you agree with the proposal that would mean lawyers taking on cases on a 'no win, no fee' basis? Write to us.

11 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

New laws put us at more risk: lawyers

Rules of conduct upset the legal profession

Lawyers have criticised proposed changes to the mainland's Lawyers Law, saying that, while they demonstrate a step forward in protecting their rights, some clauses actually weaken lawyers' powers.

2 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

A sensible step in righting legal wrongs

Criminal lawyers have won a long-fought battle over payment of fees for pre-trial work in legal aid cases. The government's decision may seem one merely of pay, but the ramifications extend to the heart of our judicial system: the right for all who face a judge to have the fairest possible trial.

29 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Time limits to enforce rulings are established

Top court fills glaring hole in civil law by setting deadlines for effecting judgments

The Supreme People's Court has filled a glaring hole in the country's civil law by providing time limits for the enforcement of court judgments.

4 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

A global citizen needs law to protect its people

The rule of law remains a discordant chapter in China's spectacular growth story. The latest entry notes that more and more lawyers are giving up criminal law. This is neither because there are more than enough of them, nor because crime is not a problem on the mainland.

20 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Opt-out clause in cross-border courts pact

Mutual enforcement can be refused in some cases

Hong Kong and the mainland will today sign a long-awaited agreement making commercial judgments delivered in each others' courts enforceable on both sides of the border.

14 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Top court recruiting lawyers to act as judges

Bringing in outside expertise will speed reform of judicial system, experts say

The Supreme People's Court is recruiting 20 experienced lawyers to work as chief judges in its criminal courts, a big step towards judicial reform following the court's reclamation this year of the right to review death sentence appeals.

15 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

US judge gets dose of China's justice

THE WORKS OF Chairman Mao Zedong are not usually regarded as essential reading for United States judges. But when Judge Thomas Connolly pondered the nature of China's justice system during a recent official trip, it was to the writings of the Great Helmsman that he turned.

28 Sep 2001 - 12:00am


A Foreign Ministry spokesman dismissed the US report as being rife with falsehoods, and claimed American media had an axe to grind with China's judicial system.

'The report was a distortion of the facts,' he said.

16 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Judicial system 'independent of' Communist Party

China's judicial system was independent from the influence of the Communist Party, a senior Beijing judge said yesterday.

Chen Chunlong, Vice-President of Beijing Higher People's Court, denied the party committees had any role in court proceedings when he addressed concerns about the nation's judicial independence.

6 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

A judge's duties go beyond holding court

THE backlog of cases waiting to be tried in the Hong Kong courts has risen and the waiting periods between cases being ready for trial and the dates when the trial can be fixed are too long.

1 Apr 1994 - 12:00am