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Lawyers' rights guaranteed in China's judicial reform

(Xinhua)

13:35, October 09, 2012

The graphics shows composition of lawyers in China in 2011, according to China's white paper on judicial reform published by the Information Office of the State Council on Oct. 9, 2012. (Xinhua)

BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- China has tried to provide a legal guarantee for lawyers to practice in courts and reducing barriers in evidence collection in recent years, according to a white paper on the nation's judicial reform released Tuesday.

The current law stipulates that the representation or defense opinions presented in court by a lawyer shall not be subject to legal prosecution so long as they do not compromise national security, maliciously defame others or seriously disrupt court order, according to the document released by the Information Office of the State Council.

These measures have effectively promoted the exercise of the defense function of lawyers, it said.

From 2006 to 2011, lawyers throughout the country provided defense for a total of 2,454,222 cases, an increase of 54.16 percent over the period 2001 to 2005.

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