Chinese Court Describes Judicial Transparency Efforts

10 March 2015

China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) published a white paper March 10 lauding improvements on judicial transparency, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua.

“This is the first time the top court has reviewed the measures and effects of judicial reform on boosting transparency in the form of a white paper,” said SPC spokesman Sun Jungong at a press conference.

The report, “Judicial Transparency of Chinese Courts,” praises the creation of three online platforms:

On July 1, 2013, the SPC launched a national platform at court.gov.cn/zgcpwsw to disclose judgments and reconciliation statements.

On Dec. 11, 2013, China launched a website, ts.chinacourt.org, which allows the public to watch live video streams and recordings of court trials online.

On Nov. 1, 2014, the SPC launched a website (link not given) to offer standard disclosure and inquiries for information on people who have defaulted on court-ordered payments, with information on nearly 21.5 million cases with unenforced verdicts published by the end of the year, it said.

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