On 16 July the Supreme People’s Court’s (Court’s) newspaper and social media outlets headlined two articles important for observers seeking to understand the judicial reforms:
- a report on statements by Meng Jianzhu, Politburo member and chair of the Central Political Legal Committee on the importance of the judicial reforms; and
- an long explanation by HeXiaorong, the leader of the working group on judicial reform (of the Court’s judicial reform office) on the theory, logic and implementation of the judicial reforms.
Statement by Meng Jianzhu
The statement by Meng Jianzhu , made after he heard reports on the implementation of judicial reform pilot projects in six areas, stressed that the Central leadership considers the judicial reforms very important and has given a set of policy instructions on the implementation of the reforms. He calls on all involved in various political/legal organs at all levels to implement the reforms.
For anyone who has spent any time in a large organization, his message, although expressed in Chinese political language, will sound familiar:
- make sure those at the local level are “on message”;
- don’t impose the same method everywhere (不搞一刀切;
- ensure enthusiasm about the reforms, otherwise they may fail.
The thinking behind the judicial reforms
A long article by He Xiaorong published on 16 July in the People’s Court Newspaper and other Court media outlets summarizes the thinking behind the judicial reforms (and what must have been the hundreds of pages of policy papers that underly what has been made public). It is an edited version of a fuller paper, that has been issued on Wechat and perhaps other outlets (and is said to express He’s own thinking). For those seeking to understand the judicial reforms, it deserves close analysis. A flash analysis will follow when time permits.