Friday, April 23, 2010
This is the oversimplified gist of what SPC judge Zhang Jun said in an on-line exchange last month during the NPC/CPPCC meetings. (Here's the full text of his remarks, in context: English | Chinese.) I don't intend to criticize Zhang here; maybe all he meant was, "Don't take all your trivial disputes to court; think about the costs versus the benefits." And his eulogy to mediation sounds like it could have come from former US Chief Justice Warren Burger (see his Annual Report on the State of the Judiciary, 7 American Bar Association Journal 898 (1982)). Not that this means he's necessarily right.
What I found interesting are the netizen comments - almost all unfavorable. They're translated in English here on the Veggie Discourse blog. Unfortunately, I can't find them in Chinese.