posted on Apr, 25 2005 @ 07:39 AM
Starting next week on May 1, China will for the first time have jury members decide for both civil and criminal cases. The 27,000 members thus far,
with 53,734 as a final goal, will accompany judges in groups of three, and a term of five years. The idea is to bring more justice back to the court
system. The jurors will have as much power as the judges in an effort to stem judicial problems, like one man who was wrongly imprisoned for 11 years
for murdering his wife who was, in fact, a live.
China will introduce jury trials next week for the first time aiming to bring impartiality and independence to the judicial system.
About 27,000 jurors will report for duty May 1, helping decide criminal and civil cases as they sit on a three-member panel with judges. The jurors
were picked by half of China's 2,900 grass-root courts and will have powers equal to those judges, China's Supreme Court said on its Web site
"There are more and more frictions between people, and even between citizens and the government,'' Xu said. "There's more demand for a more just court
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Well, it's a great step, they're finally putting it into place after 50 years, but after reading about all the protests I just don't know. China
banned media coverage of the protests, and was considering banning the use of text messaging to organize protests. Those actions seem directly in
line with a Communist government; the above doesn't. Wonder which one isn't gonna go through...
Maybe they're just keeping us on our toes. I honestly don't know what to expect next.