Committee formed to review judges’ qualifications
Shanghai set up a selection (disciplinary) committee for judges and procurators last week, the first of its kind in China. The independent committee is expected to promote the professionalism of China’s judicature.
The committee is in charge of assessing the qualifications of candidates for judges and procurators and giving professional advice to the courts and procuratorates in personnel, promotion and punishment.
The 15 members consist of seven professional members and eight expert members from the Shanghai Superior Court, People’s Congress, government, Tongji University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Fudan University, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and the city’s bar association, who are selected from nearly 500 candidates.
A think tank affiliated with the committee was also set up at the same time with about 20 law experts and lawyers. The committee will establish branches in the city’s Superior Court and procuratorate.
Shanghai Party chief Han Zheng awarded appointment letters to 15 members of the committee in its founding meeting in Shanghai recently.
“The committee is an important foundation work for judicial reform, as the judges and procurators are central to judicial work and justice,” Han said, hoping that the members can comprehend the committee’s mission and make good use of their professional knowledge.
Han said that Shanghai should make breakthroughs in the pilot judicial reform to provide experience for national reforms, and make the selection and punishment of judges and procurators fairer and transparent, under professional and public supervision.