Opinions are being gathered on a draft provision which will confirm lawmakers have the power to review legal cases. The move is seen as a way of strengthening the supervision of the judiciary and of curbing corruption. National People's Congress Vice-Chairman Cao Zhi told lawmakers in Beijing yesterday that although some local legislators had exercised power over the judiciary, it was time to codify the practice and make it part of the legal system. The NPC Civil and Legal Committee had completed the Provisional Draft on Procedures Covering the Supervision of Individual Legal Cases and was in the process of collecting opinions from judicial bodies and individuals. Xinhua said the draft was needed because the public had disapproved of the way some major cases had been handled by the judiciary. It did not say which cases. Judicial officials covered by the draft include judges, prosecutors, police officers, prison warders and administrative personnel of the judiciary but not other cadres. According to the draft, officials found in violation of the law could be sacked.