June 26, 2005
Government administration of Beijing law firms to follow geography, not bureaucratic rank
As part of what might be called the continued rationalization or modernization of government administration, law firms in Beijing will, as of July 1st, be administered strictly according to their geographical location, as opposed to the current system in which some are administered by district governments and others are administered by the municipal government. In the new system, the district governments will handle the issuing of lawyer licenses and permits for law firm operations, while the municipal government will handle general rule-making and appeals from the decisions of district governments.
This change marks a general trend away from a system of administration in which the key question is one of bureaucratic rank to one in which the key question is one of geography.
The full story is reported in the June 14th issue of the Beijing News (新京报).
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