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China to revise prison, lawyers laws


15:28, October 23, 2012

BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislature on Tuesday discussed amendments to seven laws that would be changed to fit the amended Criminal Procedure Law.

The opening session of the bimonthly meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress deliberated a draft resolution covering revisions to 18 areas of unconformity in the Prison Law, Lawyers Law and other related bills with the Criminal Procedure Law, which was amended in March and will take effect next January.

The draft revision clarifies lawyers' rights in litigations, guaranteeing their right to meet suspects and defendants with due documents such as practising certificates, credentials from law offices, authorization letters or official letters of legal assistance.

As the right has been enshrined in the amended Criminal Procedure Law, the draft says meetings between lawyers and suspects or defendants will not be monitored.

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