Defendants can wear ordinary clothing in court
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)