China: Legal, Judicial Sector still shut down, no courts open for business

Letter to the Editor: Judicial and Law Enforcement Agencies in China Have Not Returned to Normal Business Despite Claim of Victory Over Epidemic
April 07, 2020 |
By Jing Yu (alias), an attorney in China

Editor’s note: Despite the Chinese Communist Party’s claim that the coronavirus epidemic is under control, many pieces of information indicate that the situation in China is still very serious.

In the following letter, lawyer Jing Yu (alias) told that no procuratorate or courts have resumed normal business hours in China. Many legal cases have been postponed, while people who exposed the information about the epidemic were swiftly sentenced.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic, the police, procuratorates, courts, and even lawyers have stopped receiving visitors.

While many sectors have resumed work since mid-March, the law enforcement and judicial agencies remain closed to most visitors, except for selective appointments.

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It’s now very difficult to find a staff member to inquire about a legal case. I’ve noticed that some people have gone back to work, but most of the time, no one answers the phone when I call. Occasionally, some people answer the phone, but they refuse to talk to me anymore after learning the details of the cases I represent. I was able to make a few appointments, but when I was there on time, no one showed up or answered my call.

Many court hearings have been postponed. If my clients wanted to close their cases earlier, the judge would order the lawyers to attend the hearing but not allow my clients to be present.


h/t Lily


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