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Eight Diseases in China’s Judicial System

According to Song Hansong, Director of the Office of Crime Prevention, China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate, there are eight “chronic diseases” in the judicial system in China.

1.) Personnel working in the judicial system are crude, arrogant, overbearing, perfunctory, and not responsive.
2.) Procedures and rules are not followed in interrogations and when using residential surveillance. 
3.) Judges do not follow the law and listen to the views of the parties and the lawyers. They intentionally make things difficult, unreasonably delay the process, or unlawfully restrict the rights of the lawyers. 
4.) Illegal coercive measures are used to obtain evidence illegally and to confiscate property in spite of the legitimate interests of the parties. 
5.) In order to obtain a good performance evaluation, cases are handled in violation of the law and with fraudulent treatment. 
6.) investigators engage in ultra vires [activities beyond their legal power and authority] and in illegal economic and business activities. 
7.) Judges have ex parte communications with the parties and lawyers, disclose or inquire about the issues in the case, and intervene in the judicial process. 
8.) Judges take bribes and decide the cases on the basis of relationships and money. 
Source: Qiushi, February 15, 2015