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An American in China

China’s Legal System

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 18, 2011

From here China’s Long March toward Rule of Law-new (Randall Peerenboom)

One of the most striking aspects of the system is the virtually unlimited ability of parties to appeal.29 The accused or members of the accused’s family could ask the prefecture or circuit supervisor to reconsider the case. Parties could also appeal to travelling inspectors, and could even take their case all the way up to the emperor. In addition, review was obligatory in many instances where the punishment was severe.30 Indeed, during some periods, all death sentences had to be reviewed by the emperor.

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