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Almost 100 Chinese judicial officials died from being overworked: chief justice

10-26-2011 08:43 BJT

BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Between 2008 and 2010, 96 judges and judicial police officers in basic people's courts died, and 466 others were disabled due to being overworked, China's chief justice said Tuesday.

Wang Shengjun, China's chief justice and president of the Supreme People's Court (SPC), made the remarks to the country's senior lawmakers in his report to the ongoing session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's top legislature.

Wang attributed the officials' poor physical and mental health to increasingly high work-related stress and heavy workloads, as well as low incomes, adding that the situation is causing a major problem for China's grassroots judicial system.

In a report on the basic people's courts submitted to the NPC Standing Committee, Wang said that the number of cases in basic courts increased by over six percent annually in the last three years, and some grassroots judges try more than 300 cases on average each year in the coastal areas in southeast China and the economically-developed cities in central and west China.

Meanwhile, Wang said that 8,781 people nationwide left the basic courts system for various reasons in the last three years.

Wang urged improving the enrollment system for judges and the national judicial examination, holding more professional training, and raising incomes in a bid to address the lack of judges in basic people's courts.

As of June, more than 250,000 staff members were working in China's 3,115 basic people's courts. More than 30 million cases were tried in basic courts from 2008 to 2010, accounting for 89.28 percent of the country's aggregate cases, according to the report.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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