Jun 10, 2016
2015 was another pivotal year for judicial reform in China. The Implementation Plan on the current round of judicial reforms, released in April, set the blueprint and timetable for the reforms announced in the Fourth Five-Year Judicial Reform Plan (2014-2018) in 2014. The reforms cover a broad scope with measures adopted to strengthen judicial accountability and improve the capacity of the judiciary. This report presents and analyzes recent developments in judicial reform that occurred over the past year. It highlights the ambition for comprehensive reform by focusing on general as well as specific measures across different areas of the judiciary, the procuratorate, and the legal profession at large, and reflects on the successes and challenges in their implementation.