SPC official stresses combining legal theory, compassion at trials

By Leng Shumei Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/6 23:48:40

A senior official of China's top court Wednesday vowed to combine legal theory and compassion in case, which is a Chinese court tradition, an expert said.

Shen Deyong, executive vice president of Supreme People's Court, made the comment at a meeting in Jinan, capital city of East China's Shandong Province, the court said in a statement posted on its website Wednesday.

Courts should recognize the higher requirements of judicial fairness as people become increasingly aware of the rule of law, listen to public opinion and respond to their concerns in the new media era, Shen said. 

Shen urged courts to independently exercise their power in accordance with law, and stick to the bottom line of fairness and justice. Laws are meant to protect social justice, but they should also take into consideration common social justice, which is respect for public opinion, Shen noted.

"Shen's words reaffirmed Chinese courts' tradition of combining legal theory and compassion," Zhi Zhenfeng, a legal expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Thursday.

Zhi said that "if the public strongly doubts a decision which they feel is unethical and immoral, there could be something wrong, or the truth was not unearthed, or the wrong interpretation was applied."

Zhi referred to Yu Huan, 23, who was sentenced to life in prison in February after killing a loan shark's henchman when the man thrust his penis at Yu's mother to threaten her into paying a debt in April 2016.

The local government conducted an investigation of alleged police negligence, after reports went viral and many people demanded leniency for Yu, local news portal lcxw.cn reported.

Shen also stressed the need to make use of high-profile cases to improve people's legal awareness, in a bid to promote the rule of law.



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