‘Pul­ley bridge judges’ bring jus­tice to re­mote vil­lage

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

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.

ZHANG YAZI / CHINA NEWS SER­VICE

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.

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Cheng Zhengqing (cen­ter) hears a di­vorce case in Hui­long vil­lage in Fengjie county, Chongqing.

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