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Judges in China Told to Leave the Bling in the Crib

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 27, 2010

Funny thing is that as of 10 years ago only 25% of Chinese judges had even gone to college, so basically China has a bunch of rubes presiding over its cases. Maybe it doesnt matter, Chinese law is illusory at best.

From Reuters:

” A notice issued by the high court of Henan, the top judicial authority in the heartland province, also banned judges using certain phrases in the courtroom, including: “Are you the judge or am I?” — and “You will certainly lose this case.”

Judges would not be allowed to wear jewels, Friday’s Beijing Times said, citing court spokesman Xie De’an. Holding hands with colleagues is also out, he said.

“Judges must not dye their hair, wear heavy make-up, tattoos or painted nails. Male judges must not grow long hair, beards or shave their heads,” the paper quoted the notice as saying.

To ensure judges treated their office with respect — and not taint it by questioning lawyers’ abilities or calling trial witnesses “annoying” — plainclothes inspectors would be posted to monitor court proceedings, the paper said.

Judges who broke the rules would receive “criticism and education”, and serial offenders would be fired, it said.

Authorities in China have also asked police and taxi drivers to mind their manners.

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