A security guard walks into a mock courtroom on display at the China Court Museum in Beijing. In mainland China, witness attendance at court is, historically, very low, particularly in criminal cases. Photo: AP

Chinese courts must encourage witness cross-examination to ensure a fairer trial

Grenville Cross says if China is serious about reforming its criminal justice system, the low court attendance by witnesses and the practice favouring written statements must change

Topic |   Human rights in China

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A security guard walks into a mock courtroom on display at the China Court Museum in Beijing. In mainland China, witness attendance at court is, historically, very low, particularly in criminal cases. Photo: AP
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