Will Death Penalty Review Overwhelm China’s Supreme Court? – Beijing News

The Dui Hua Foundation has posted a translation of an article from the Beijing News. From Dui Hua’s introduction:

The following opinion piece, which appeared on November 21, 2007 in The Beijing News (Êñ∞‰∫¨Êä•, Chinese original in PDF) and was then translated by Dui Hua, raises concerns about the future of China’s Supreme People’s Court. Faced with an “extremely large number” of death sentences to review, the SPC has been forced to take on hundreds of new criminal court judges, many of whom have lower qualifications than judges in the past. The author suggests this influx of less-qualified judges who focus on reviewing individual capital cases presents an obstacle to the SPC’s progress toward a more ideal goal, one in which high-court decisions contribute to the nation’s social and economic development. At stake, he warns, is the court’s ultimate ability to ensure judicial authority. [Full text]

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