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China issues rules on judicial fairness

AFP-JIJI

China for the first time has issued guidelines aimed at preventing wrongful or unjust court judgments in response to high-profile judicial scandals, state media reported.

The guidelines were released by the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, part of the Communist Party’s Central Committee, the Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday.

It said this was the first time such guidelines had been issued. They largely reiterated existing principles, but also stipulated that judges, prosecutors and police will bear “life-long responsibility” for any role they played in wrongful judgments, Xinhua reported.