Criminal Justice in China

Criminal Justice in China

An Empirical Inquiry

Mike McConville

The political, economic and social transformations that have taken place in China over the last half-century have had a major impact upon the formal methods, institutions and mechanisms used to deal with alleged criminal infractions. This path-breaking book, based upon the largest and most systematic empirical inquiry ever undertaken in China, analyses the extent to which changes to the formal legal structure have resulted in changes to the law in practice.

Appendix 5: Interview schedule for judges

Mike McConville

Subjects: asian studies, asian law, law - academic, asian law, criminal law and justice, human rights, politics and public policy, human rights


Describe how you prepare for trial. What common problems do you encounter at this time? What improvements would you like to see at this stage? Section B: Trial Stage 4 5 Describe a typical day in court. What are the main problems that you see in the trial process? And how do you deal with them? What improvements do you think are necessary to solve these problems? What are the most important factors for you in determining whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty? When you sentence a defendant, what are the most important factors for you in determining the amount of punishment? How is your working relationship with the prosecutor, police and defence lawyer? 6 7 8 9 Section C: Training and Education 10 11 12 In your opinion, what education and training should judges have? Do you think that additional education and training would be helpful for judges? Would you like to have continuing education and training opportunities? If so, what do you think this should include? How would this help you? Section D: Overall 13 What do you think are the main issues and problems facing you as a judge in China’s criminal justice process? 491 M2561 – McCONVILLE TEXT.indd 491 17/03/2011 08:52 492 Criminal justice in China 14 Is there anything else that you would like to tell me? Section E: Background Note: You remind the person that the information is completely confidential. There is nothing in this interview which will identify you in any...

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