Top court extends jus­tice to Shen­zhen

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHENHONGin Shen­zhen chen­hong@chi­

China’s top court set up its first cir­cuit court in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince, on Wed­nes­day in an ef­fort to push for­ward the coun­try’s ju­di­cial re­forms.

The cir­cuit court, which started op­er­a­tion on Mon­day, rep­re­sents China’s Supreme Peo­ple’s Court and will hear ad­min­is­tra­tive, civil and com­mer­cial cases from Guang­dong and Hainan prov­inces and the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, said Sun Jun­gong, the top court’s spokesman.

“The cir­cuit court will en­sure jus­tice when deal­ing with crit­i­cal cross-re­gional cases. ... It also pro­vides con­ve­nience for lo­cal cit­i­zens to lodge ap­peals,” Sun said.

The top court as­signed a vice-min­is­ter-level pres­i­dent, a vice-pres­i­dent, an in­tegrity mon­i­tor and nine pre­sid­ing judges to the first cir­cuit court.

Pre­sid­ing judges are re­quired to ro­tate af­ter two years of ser­vice — an anti-cor­rup­tion mea­sure de­signed to cut the con­nec­tion with lo­cal in­ter­ests.

The top court will set up a sec­ond cir­cuit court in Shenyang, Liaon­ing prov­ince, to serve the im­por­tant industrial base of North China.

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