Com­mit­tee formed to re­view judges’ qual­i­fi­ca­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By LI YANG in Shang­hai

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.

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