21 February 2019

Top court calls for judicial independence, Reuters says

The Supreme People’s Court urged courts to eliminate corruption and stop officials interfering in decisions, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing a paper on reforms issued by the top court. “Resolutely implement the courts’ independent exercise of judicial authority based on constitutional principles, and resolutely resist all forms of local and departmental protectionism,” the document published on the high court’s official website said. The court also called for making trials more efficient, greater protection for lawyers, and “open justice” through microblogs and other new technologies, the report said.

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