‘Pulley bridge judges’ bring justice to remote village
Chongqing judge Cheng Zhengqing recalls clearly the first time he mediated a case in Huilong village — mainly because it required a terrifying journey on a 50-meter wire pulley bridge over a fastflowing river.
“My feet were quivering, and my hands were drenched with sweat,” he said of the experience in an interview with Chongqing Evening News. “I didn’t dare look down.
“I just kept imagining the worst-case scenario, that the rope would break and I’d fall into the river.”
The pulley bridge across Jiupan River was built in the justice system. 2005 and is the only way to Their dedication has even access Huilong, a communiearned them the local nickty of only a few households in name of “pulley bridge judges”.Fengjiecounty.Theremote area is covered in steep karst hongqing Evening News mountains and deep valleys. reported that Cheng and his
Judges with the county colleagues have handled court regularly use the more than 3,000 cases in the bridge in order to hold cirHuilong circuit court over cuit court hearings or to the past three years. Some mediate disputes in the vil1,600 were concluded, 70 lage. Each time, they need to percent of which were withcross the expanse carrying drawn after mediation. the 50-centimeter-tall Almost every plaintiff and national emblem of China to defendant who lost a case hang in the court. chose not to appeal the ver
Cheng, 36, who started dict over that period, while working at the court in 2007, the higher court did not said he quickly overcame his require even one case to be fear of heights, as he and his retried due to a lack of evicolleagues believe bringing dence or a procedural mislegal proceedings to isolated take, according to the report. parts of the county is vital to Cheng said although most people’s understanding of cases were trivial disputes
YA N G T Z E E V E N I N G N E W S between relatives or neighbors, his work can make a real difference.
“Only by visiting homes and mediating in disputes can we ensure people see that justice is done and win their understanding and support,” he said.
“Sometimes I feel a little jealous when I hear about a colleague at a higher court who is handling a more important or complicated case,” Cheng added. “But when people say hello to me during my evening stroll — even those who have lost a case I worked on — that makes me feel that my choice to work at this level was the right one.”
Li Lei contributed to this story.
Children play a game at the Hefei Science and Technology Museum during a summer camp organized by Sanshitou Community in Hefei, Anhui province, on Thursday.
Cheng Zhengqing (center) hears a divorce case in Huilong village in Fengjie county, Chongqing.