National meeting of presidents of high courts wraps up in Beijing
A national meeting of the presidents of the country¡¯s high courts concluded in Beijing on January 24.
In his address to the closing session, Shen Deyong, executive vice-president of the Supreme People¡¯s Court, urged courts at various levels to implement assignments set at the meeting.
Chinese courts should push forward reform on judicial power operational mechanisms and explore systems that can routinely balance case work to help ease personnel shortages, Shen said. He also urged courts to further improve trial work and strictly obey such principles and rules as punishment for crimes should be stipulated by law, presumption of innocence, exclusion of illegal evidence and prudent application of the death penalty.
Efforts should be made to minimize the potential impact a slower economic growth may have on the enforcement of judgments, Shen noted.
Major cross-regional administrative, civil and commercial cases should be tried and lawsuits-related letters and calls be handled according to law, Shen said, adding that professionalism should be further boosted to improve overall judicial capabilities and promote uniformity in the application of law.
In particular, Shen required correct application of the death penalty and other severe punishments for major cases involving crimes of embezzlement and bribery to help the country¡¯s fight against corruption. Courts should actively publicize judicial interpretations, as well as respond to the public¡¯s questions and concerns, he said.
Trials will be improved with ongoing reform. Efforts will be made to ensure that judges can perform their duties according to law, while accountability systems for trial judges who break the law will be further optimized, he said.
Shen also called on courts to conduct research, adjust themselves to the economic new normal and embrace the big data era with open arms in order to better implement court decisions and contribute to management of the country and society, as well as to provide a theoretical and practical foundation for deepening judicial reform in an all-round way.