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China supreme court issues detailed work report in move to encourage judiciary transparency

07-14-2010 14:03 BJT

BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) on Tuesday released a detailed 2009 report on the work of the country's courts, a move seen as the judiciary's efforts in promoting work transparency and seeking supervision from the public.

During each annual session of the National People's Congress, which is usually held in early March, the country's chief justice will also deliver a work report. But different from that one, the mid-year report is said to be more comprehensive.

"The report just released is in line with the one delivered by the SPC president regarding the main spirit and structure of the court. But this one, with more specific cases, figures and illustrations, aims to tell the public what the people's courts did in 2009 in full details," said Hu Yunteng, a senior official with the SPC.

Figures from the report show that the SPC dealt with 13,318 cases of various types and ruled on 11,749 cases, up 52.1 percent year on year. Local courts at various levels resolved more than 10 million cases, according to the report.

The number of cases brought before courts nationwide registered an average annual rise of 5.95 percent since 2005.

The report pointed out that judicial work at grass-root courts was "more arduous" as cases soared, while the number of judges hearing these cases remained about the same.

According to the report, one Chinese judge heard an average of 55 cases last year. In some local courts, this figure reached above 280.

In addition to statistics, the report also covers, in detail, several highly publicized cases.

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