Supreme People's Court

Supreme People's Court judge urges end to wrongful convictions

Shen Deyong, in 2007. Shen called for more respect of the judicial process. Photo: AFP

One of China's most senior judges has called for an end to miscarriages of justice by the nation's courts after two cases of wrongful convictions have highlighted inadequacies in its legal system.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Pedigree of top judge Zhou Qiang offers hope for legal reform

Zhou Qiang, new chief of the Supreme People's Court. Photo: Simon Song

Unlike his predecessor Wang Shengjun, a party official with a police background who never studied law, Zhou Qiang, 53, was one of the country's first law students after the Cultural Revolution. He joined Southwest University of Political Science and Law in 1978 and graduated with a master's degree in civil law in 1985.

4 Apr 2013 - 5:50am 1 comment

Deputies give lowest marks in six years to budget and court

Deputies wait in line to cast their votes during the sixth plenary meeting of the first session of the 12th NPC. Photo: Xinhua

Thousands of National People's Congress deputies gave the lowest endorsement in the past six years to government, budget and court reports yesterday - a small sign of progress in the top legislature, analysts say.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

Zhou Qiang's new role as the top judge is largely symbolic

Zhou Qiang (centre, back row) is congratulated by other deputies after being elected president of the Supreme People's Court at the National People's Congress. Photo: Xinhua

Hu Chunhua and Sun Zhengcai, both three years younger than the 52-year-old Zhou, have now eclipsed him on the political stage after joining the 25-member Politburo, and are in pole position to become the core of the party's sixth-generation leadership.

16 Mar 2013 - 5:01am

Hunan party chief Zhou Qiang named as mainland's top judge

Zhou Qiang. Photo: Simon Song

Zhou Qiang, 52, won 2,908 votes of the 2,957 effective ballots cast by National People's Congress deputies to become president of the Supreme People's Court, succeeding unpopular 66-year-old Wang Shengjun. Cao Jianming, 57, received 2,933 of the 2,956 votes cast to win reappointment as procurator general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate. 

16 Mar 2013 - 4:41am 1 comment

Law officials' five-yearly reports to NPC tout reforms but lack details

Wang Shengjun (front, right), the nation's top judge, confers with Procurator General Cao Jianming at the NPC session. Photo: AP

The mainland's top judge and prosecutor delivered their five-yearly work reports yesterday, promising to deepen judicial reforms and touting their achievements in cracking down on graft, but disappointing legal experts who hoped for wider reforms.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

Hu Jintao protégé Zhou Qiang tipped as the mainland's top prosecutor

Zhou Qiang, the Hunan province party secretary. Photo: SCMP

Rumours have circulated over the past few days over Zhou Qiang's career path, suggesting he would be appointed either the president of the Supreme People's Procuratorate or president of the Supreme People's Court.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Top prosecution body to add second review of death penalty sentences

Legal expert He Weifang expects the main outcome will be fewer instances of wrongful death executions.

26 Feb 2013 - 8:32am

Who is Zhang Jun and why was he just promoted to the Communist Party's disciplinary body?

Zhang Jun. Photo: Xinhua

Zhang's backing of Bo Xilai while a court official makes it clear what he thinks about corruption, so how far will he be willing to go now that he works in extrajudicial discipline?

6 Nov 2012 - 2:03pm

'Social stability should be key in demolition cases'

The country's top court has stressed the need to consider potential impacts on social stability before demolition requests are granted.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rules require hearings before leniency decisions

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 processes, which have long been criticised as being abused to serve the interests of corrupt officials.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Plea for care in civil trial rulings

The mainland's top court issued a notice this week, urging all courts to take special care when hearing cases touching on controversial topics such as private loans and the lease of farmland.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tycoon's death sentence under attack on internet

The upholding of a death sentence against legendary 29-year-old Zhejiang businesswoman Wu Ying for fraud has sparked an uproar online, with many questioning if the penalty is proportional to Wu's crime.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Convicted lawyer files request for retrial

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Take care when pulling down houses by force, supreme court urges

The Supreme People's Court has asked local legal authorities to consider their actions carefully before pushing ahead with the forced demolition of housing and to stop demolitions when a homeowner threatens to commit suicide.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am