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Beijing Hosts Conference on Family Court Reform Scheme
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2018-8-20-
Title: Beijing Hosts Conference on Family Court Reform Scheme
Author: Liu Yang
Source: China Women's News
Release Date: 2018/8/14
Keyword: Beijing, Conference, Family Court Reform Scheme

Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People's Court (SPC), highlighted the significance of deepening the reform of trial and working mechanism concerning family affairs at a conference held on July 19 in Beijing. Tan Lin, vice-president and member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), gave a speech at the conference.

Zhou said at the conference that noticeable achievements have been attained in the pilot reform of family courts since the project was jointly launched by the SPC and other central governmental departments two years ago.

Courts nationwide have provided psychological counseling and intervention, mediation in marriage and family cases, and follow-up visits.

In addition, they have made sound progress in using judicial and other protective measures to curb domestic violence.

Zhou noted that the SPC will closely act on Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, make a thorough implementation of the important instructions made by President Xi concerning the promotion of family-oriented cultural and ethical progress, deepen the pilot reform of working procedures of family courts, and increase the quality and level of relevant trials in a bid to better meet the public demands under the new circumstances.

In her speech, Tan remarked that women's federations at all levels will work closely with local courts to promote the pilot reform; strengthen the cultivation of professional jurors in the mediation of marriage and domestic disputes; and, promote the inclusion of relevant mediatory services into the coverage of government budgets.

Tan said the ACWF will rally support from regional women's federations in the pilot reform of family courts.

The courts' main responsibilities are to properly try cases involving marriage and family disputes; involve more officials from women's federations in the mediation of relevant cases as jurors; and, work out more judicial approaches to safeguard women's rights and interests.

It is also hoped the courts will accelerate the professionalization and socialization of mediatory services in lawsuits concerning marriage and family disputes, added Tan.

Statistics indicate that nationwide courts issued a total of 3,563 personal protection orders that safeguarded the rights and interests of teenagers, women, the elderly, and individuals with impairments as of June.

According to the organizers, the priorities of the reform of family courts this year will focus on cracking down on crimes related to domestic violence; making proposals on the section of the draft Civil Law concerning legislation on relationships amongst family members; and, putting forward guidelines and opinions in the implementation of the anti-domestic violence law.

The family courts will also promote the mandatory reports on the suffering of victims with limited capacity of civil conduct or without any such capacity in domestic violence cases.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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