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China's highest court calls for key reforms in legal system
Last Updated: 2013-10-31 13:34 | CE.cn
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By Li Hongmei

China must rid its courts of corruption and stop officials interfering in decisions, a paper on reforms by the top court said on Tuesday.

The paper, published on an official website managed by the Supreme People's Court, comes ahead of the third plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, which is set on Nov.9-12, a grand meeting of the CPC where economic and social reforms are expected to emerge.

It also coincides with a report by Xinhua News Agency that the Party had agreed to set up an anti-corruption mechanism which will oversee top military officers to ensure they are doing their jobs properly.

"Resolutely implement the courts' independent exercise of judicial authority based on constitutional principles, and resolutely resist all forms of local and departmental protectionism," the judicial document said in a long list of recommendations.

"Eliminate power, money, allegiances, relationships and other extrajudicial disturbances."

Local protectionism refers to municipal officials exercising political influence over verdicts.

The document also called for making trials more efficient, greater protections for lawyers, and "open justice" through microblogs and other new technologies.

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