Beyond Independence and Accountability
Edited by Richard Devlin and Adam Dodek
Chapter 5: Moving target: the regulation of judges in China’s rapidly evolving legal system
China’s judicial system has undergone rapid development in recent decades. Both Chinese culture and the governance of China have made the process much more complex than the simple copying of Western models. Today’s system includes an increasingly well-trained and professional judiciary applying modern procedural and substantive codes. Those codes are applied, however, in the context of cultural characteristics such as face and guanxi, and subject to the supervision of the Communist Party of China, a supervision meaningful only in certain kinds of cases. Going forward, more change is certain, as China balances the needs of development and tradition.
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