Regarding the Oct. 20 article “Chinese law reform may be a double-edged sword,” China should not include the Western convention of allowing lawyers to coach their clients to lie, in any list of reforms.
Attorneys should act as officers of the judicial process, restricting themselves to guiding clients on legal provisions and helping them to give truthful testimonies.
The world also needs better controls on media influencing judgments. Bias and turpitude of the judiciary are other structural faults for many countries apart from China to address.
The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.
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