Monday, July 20, 2009
From David Cowhig comes the following comment:
The electronic edition of today's Chengdu Shangbao
runs the numbers on Chinese provincial supreme court chief presiding judges. Fourteen are from the party system -- government or party careers, some never having had a job in the justice system. Some have law degrees though. Fourteen are from the justice system -- they came up through the courts or from among the ranks of lawyers. According to the article, both types of judges have their strengths. Government and party -system judges are politically sensitive and are good are coordinating various interests. Moreover with all their party and government connections, they are better at getting money for the courts that judges who have come up through the justice system. Judges from the legal system have greater experience. Though the party and government system presiding judges sometimes don't have a lot of legal knowledge, the deputy presiding judge who manages court operations assigns them a good assistant, and so the quality of legal judgments is just as good as other judges.