According to the online version of the People's Daily, Click here, China has rolled out a road map to judicial and social reform, with a timetable and verifiable targets.
The 48 reform measures are divided into three categories: litigation reform to prioritize trials, letting judges assume lifelong responsibility for cases they handle and holding them accountable for any miscarriages of justice; jury reform and public supervision reform .
A strong team of legal personnel will be fostered, including improving the professional threshold and encouraging exchanges between legal practitioners and researchers.
According to the timetable, reforms already initiated should achieve "greater progress within this year," such as cross-regional courts and procuratorate, as well as circuit courts.
Other reforms are expected to start and register initial progress by the end of this year such as setting up a system to record and report any officials' meddling in legal affairs.
More complex reform measures are to be studied, debated and launched in the future.