China has made good progress in regulating judicial procedures and correcting wrongful convictions, according to an annual report on the country's rule of law released on Monday.
“Lawyers are the friends of judges, procurators and police because they can effectively supervise lawsuits and cases to encourage judicial authorities to handle them according to the law,” Zhang Jun, minister of justice said in a two sessions’ interview on March 12.
China has made a concrete step forward in compiling a comprehensive civil code to better protect citizens' rights by introducing a fundamental civil law.
China's national legislature on Wednesday passed the General Provisions of the Civil Law, the opening chapter of a civil code planned to be enacted in 2020.
Shanghai has calculated how many cases a judge can handle per year to find a solution to the ongoing problem with judges' workloads, the city's top judge said on the sidelines of the ongoing two sessions.
China's judicial authorities will continue efforts to correct wrongful verdicts this year and take comprehensive measures to protect citizens' personal and property rights, two senior judicial officials said on Sunday.
National lawmakers and political advisers have engaged in heated discussions during the ongoing two sessions over draft general provisions of civil law - new statutory language that would lay a foundation for the protection of civil rights in China.
China's top judicial authorities have released reader-friendly digital versions of their annual work reports.