In a rare decision, a court in the Guangxi Autonomous Region has cleared five defendants of attempted homicide charges on the grounds that the facts were unclear and the evidence was insufficient after some evidence was excluded
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Not so very long after the products of China's Third Plenum left many of those hoping for more overt court reform wanting, the Supreme People's Court has released its own opinion on preventing wrongful cases, which encapsulates and reinforces much of what the Court has been saying since new president ZHOU Qiang took office in March this year. Judicial Independence, procedural justice, and the exclusion of illegally acquired evidence are all prominently featured.
This walkthrough will guide you through it.
The SPC is making rules and making them clear--- well, clear with Chinese characteristics. This document lays out the rules for increasing case-handling quality and trying to make sure cases get decided based on the facts and evidence by an independent judicirary. Do they go far enough?
This is not your Zhou Yongkang's Political-Legal Commission. Following the ongoing discussion of the role of cops, procs and courts in preventing wrongful convictions, the political legal commission has apparently issued a guiding opinion weighing in on the matter. Will it be more successful in stopping wrongful convictions and police abuse than, well, the laws have been? Time will tell, but this is a promising sign of commitment to reform.