SYS­TEM RE­VAMP NEEDED

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION -

Le­gal ex­perts have urged the au­thor­i­ties to stop eval­u­at­ing law en­force­ment by the num­ber of cases they han­dle.

Un­der the cur­rent ap­praisal sys­tem of law en­force­ment in China, per­for­mance is eval­u­ated on the num­ber of crim­i­nal cases solved and the num­ber of sus­pects de­tained or pros­e­cuted.

The cur­rent eval­u­a­tion sys­tem en­cour­ages of­fi­cers to use any means nec­es­sary, some of which may be il­le­gal, to in­flate ar­rest and con­vic­tion num­bers, said Zhao Bingzhi, dean of the Col­lege for Crim­i­nal Law Science at Bei­jing Nor­mal Univer­sity.

Zhao has called for the es­tab­lish­ment of an al­ter­na­tive sys­tem. The pur­suit of fill­ing “quo­tas” has also been crit­i­cized by the Party’s top le­gal au­thor­ity.

“Re­gard­less of whether (of­fi­cers) are in ser­vice, re­tired or have left the po­lice force, those whose ac­tions have re­sulted in un­fair or wrong­ful judg­ments must be held ac­count­able,” said Liu Liwei, head of the Zhe­jiang Provin­cial Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Depart­ment.

Chen Wei­dong, a pro­fes­sor at the Law School of Ren­min Univer­sity of China, said life­long ac­count­abil­ity will make law en­forcers more metic­u­lous in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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