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Public input sought on professionals-turned-lawyers draft rule


09:14, March 06, 2012

BEIJING, March 5 (Xinhua) -- China's Cabinet on Monday began seeking public input on a draft rule clarifying how a professional from the trade, financial, environmental or high-tech circles can apply to become a lawyer.

Entitled "The Ordinance on Licensing and Appraisal of Professionals-Turned-Lawyers," the draft was publicized online by the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council, or the Cabinet, as open for opinions until April 6.

The long-awaited regulations are hoped to make up for China's shortage of lawyers who specialize in legal services pertaining to a series of specific fields.

According to the draft, Chinese professionals from the international trade, intellectual property rights, finance and securities, environmental protection, high-technology, media and journalism, and medical accidents sectors may apply to become lawyers.

A qualified applicant should be a Chinese national who holds a bachelor's degree obtained from a higher education institution and has worked at least 15 years and gained professional qualifications equivalent to the professorial-level in his or her specific area.

The State Council's legal affairs authorities are responsible for conducting performance appraisals of the professional lawyers and will announce a quota for such lawyers for a specific year on an annual basis, according to the draft.

The ordinance is believed to provide a supplementary channel for professionals to become licensed lawyers, besides setting up a national standard judicial examination, which is a necessary process for the country's would-be lawyers.


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See at 2012-03-06124.13.146.*
The chinese NPC and CPPCC committee are of quantity and not quality so you would not find laws and regulations drafted by them are very effective or fair to all people of china

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