China: Chinese lawyers accuse court officials of interfering in trial, slam ‘blatant sabotage’ of legal system

The SCMP reports

  • Viral photo appears to show judicial officers and court staff instructing lower court judge via WeChat during criminal trial in northwest China
  • Lawyers involved in the trial report the actions to police and provincial prosecutors, calling for malpractice probe and criminal investigations


A photo taken by a lawyer during a trial in Qinghai province appears to show a judge receiving real-time instructions from his supervisors. Photo: Weibo
Most Chinese lawyers have low expectations about the independence of Chinese courts, but many were still shocked to see a judge in northwest China receive real-time instructions from his supervisors in the middle of a trial earlier this month.

The incident took place on May 11 at the Tianjun county court in Haixi Mongol and Tibetan autonomous prefecture in the northwestern province of Qinghai.

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