Con­di­tions need to be con­sid­ered

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Holiday - CAO YIN

I re­ally hope the le­gal in­tern pro­gram can be kept in fu­ture, al­low­ing in­terns to deal with more cases.

I was an in­tern at the court’s ad­min­is­tra­tive di­vi­sion from Oc­to­ber 2015 to March 2016. Dur­ing the in­tern­ship, I helped judges draft judg­ments, re­view le­gal re­ports or notes, col­lect case ma­te­ri­als and par­tic­i­pated in le­gal re­search.

I miss and am thank­ful for the time I spent read­ing and re­search­ing abun­dant rul­ings to make sure a de­ci­sion could be adopted in solv­ing more dis­putes across the coun­try, be­cause it not only made me un­der­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of clas­sic cases, but also con­trib­uted to my sub­se­quent study over­seas.

I found very small mat­ters could in­flu­ence a case when I stud­ied abroad in the United States after the in­tern­ship. For­eign teach­ers of­ten high­lighted the im­por­tance of de­tails in a case and asked us to demon­strate facts again and again, which al­ways re­minded me of the days at the top court.

Judges at the court also spent lots of time and en­ergy on demon­stra­tion. They held sem­i­nars to an­a­lyze le­gal prob­lems and look for as many ma­te­ri­als as pos­si­ble to en­sure their de­ci­sions were more ac­cu­rate. Most of time, we just see a fi­nal re­sult, but luck­ily I wit- nessed the process.

Many le­gal prob­lems look sim­i­lar, but in fact they are solved dif­fer­ently, as we have to take lo­cal con­di­tions into con­sid­er­a­tion, which is also what I learned after com­par­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence at the top court and in the US.

What’s more, I made friends dur­ing the in­tern­ship. Our tu­tor judges es­tab­lished a WeChat group of in­terns, in­ter­act­ing with us on le­gal is­sues and car­ing about our lives.

I re­ally hope the le­gal in­tern pro­gram can be kept in fu­ture, al­low­ing in­terns to deal with more cases. Fig­ur­ing out the best so­lu­tion to a dis­pute is a kind of art. Be­fore that, we should first be in­dus­tri­ous in get­ting ex­pe­ri­ence from abun­dant cases.

Zhang Jiey­ing, doc­toral stu­dent at Shang­hai Jiao Tong Univer­sity

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