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 7: Interview schedule for defenders

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 the defence. Have you experienced any problems in this respect? What improvements would you like to see at this stage? Section B: Trial Stage 4 What are the main problems that you encounter when defending a case? And how do you deal with them? What improvements do you think are necessary to solve these problems? Will your opinions be accepted by the judge when deciding upon sentence? How is your working relationship with the prosecutor, police and judges? 5 6 7 Section C: Training and Education 8 In your opinion, what qualifications should a defender have in terms of education and training? Do you think that additional education and training would be helpful for lawyers and other defenders? Would you like to have continuing education and training opportunities? If so, what do you think this should include? How would this help you? 9 10 Section D: Overall 11 What do you think are the main issues and problems facing you as a lawyer and defender in China’s criminal justice process? Is there anything else that you would like to tell me? 12 495 M2561 – McCONVILLE TEXT.indd 495 17/03/2011 08:52 496 Criminal justice in China 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 way. However, I would like to ask you some very basic questions about your background concerning your age, qualifications and professional experience. Gender: Academic...

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