Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Getting the word out

I don't know how much good lectures will do, but maybe they are signs to local judges that someone might be watching.

I do find it interesting that the officials in local courts are referred to as "presidents," not judges. It's a reminder of the inquisitorial nature of the Chinese justice system.

China to conclude nationwide training for grassroots court presidents
China is completing a nationwide training for presidents of grassroots courts…

More than 3,600 presidents from intermediate and grassroots courts across the country attended the training in Beijing, a year-long-event that focused on raising their awareness of corruption-free law enforcement and improving their abilities in handling social disputes, according to information released by the Supreme People's Court (SPC)…

More than 80 high-ranking judges, including SPC President Wang Shengjun, delivered lectures during the training, which also covered topics of improving the judges' knowledge in coping with public opinion as well as that of the media...

The SPC spent three years training judges of grassroots courts from 2005 to 2007.

Since 2006, the SPC sent lecturers to grassroots courts in the western provinces and autonomous regions. As of Thursday, nearly 150,000 judges and police officers have attended such lectures, according to the SPC.

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