Change made me I re­al­ize how much I love my job

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

Cheng Na, 34, served as a judge for nine years be­fore be­ing re­clas­si­fied as a ju­di­cial of­fi­cer in the first round of se­lec­tion for judges. In the sec­ond round, she was ap­pointed as a judge spe­cial­iz­ing in ad­min­is­tra­tive cases at Bei­jing No 4 In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court.

In 2014, when I heard that the ju­di­cial re­form would limit the num­ber of judges, I re­al­ized that I might not be se­lected, de­spite hav­ing served as a judge for nine years.

I have al­ways agreed with the aim of the re­form, which is to make judges more pro­fes­sional, and im­prove the qual­ity of case hear­ings. How­ever, I was still up­set and anx­ious when I was not cho­sen in the first round of se­lec­tions.

I re­mem­ber the day I left the judge’s chair and be­gan work as a ju­di­cial as­sis­tant, pro­vid­ing case ma­te­ri­als to the judges who had been se­lected. My emo­tions are hard to de­scribe, but for a time, I felt lost when I watched the new judges at work.

Un­der the re­form, only 120,000 of 210,000 ju­di­cial of­fi­cers are al­lowed to hear cases, while the rest work as ju­di­cial as­sis­tants who are re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing case ma­te­ri­als, or as court clerks.

I was de­lighted when I was in­formed that the first se­lec­tion had not sat­is­fied the quota, and I still had an op­por­tu­nity to be a judge.

Although I was not in­formed when the sec­ond round of se­lec­tion started, I started work­ing with real pas­sion be­cause I knew that even if I was not se­lected to be­come a judge, I was young and had to move on.

In 2015, I helped judges to deal with more than 120 cases, pro­vid­ing them with ma­te­ri­als and doc­u­ments, and last year, I was asked to han­dle ad­min­is­tra­tive af­fairs in our tri­bunal.

Septem­ber was my lucky month. I was se­lected for the judges’ quota and picked up my gavel again to hear ad­min­is­tra­tive cases. Ev­ery­thing seemed fa­mil­iar, but strange. I felt a lit­tle ner­vous and pres­sured when I re­turned to my old role.

I have ex­pe­ri­enced a lot dur­ing the re­form process. I am grate­ful, be­cause the change made me re­al­ize how much I love my work and how judges shoul­der huge re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Now, I un­der­stand the job bet­ter and cher­ish ev­ery mo­ment.

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