China Pushes Ahead with Independent Committees to Select Top Court Officials

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(Beijing) — All Chinese province-level governments except Tibet have set up independent committees to select and oversee the work of judges and prosecutors, part of an ongoing effort to minimize government interference in the judiciary, a Caixin survey found.

The northeastern province of Liaoning was the latest to set up an independent judicial selection committee, the state-run Liaoning Daily reported on Tuesday. Analysts said these committees will be composed of veteran judges, lawyers and academics specializing in legal affairs. The committees will reduce interference from local government officials who were until now responsible for selecting and monitoring judges and state attorneys.

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