De­fen­dants can wear or­di­nary cloth­ing in court

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Crim­i­nal de­fen­dants and ap­pel­lants can wear or­di­nary cloth­ing in­stead of jail clothes — of­ten or­ange jump­suits — when they ap­pear in court, un­der a new ju­di­cial re­form guide­line, China’s top court said.

The change is de­signed to make court pro­ceed­ings more neu­tral and fair for de­fen­dants, as jail cloth­ing is a strong vis­ual el­e­ment that tends to la­bel an ac­cused per­son guilty even be­fore all the ev­i­dence is pre­sented, ac­cord­ing to the new guide­line from the court.

Li Shaop­ing, vice-pres­i­dent of the top court, also asked courts to pro­tect de­fen­dants, as well as par­tic­i­pants in law­suits, by pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to make state­ments in their de­fense and to ap­peal, un­der the new guide­line. (Photo 2)

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