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Seven laws being amended to fit updated criminal law

(Global Times)

10:34, October 24, 2012

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress discussed amendments to seven laws, including those governing the rights of lawyers, mental health and securities investment on Tuesday to make them the right to mesh with the amended Criminal Procedure Law, which goes into effect in 2013.

Changes to law governing lawyers guarantees them the right to meet clients accused of committing crimes without being monitored, the Xinhua News Agency reported, adding that the right is also enshrined in the new procedure law.

An amendment to the mental health law was also tabled for its third reading Tuesday at the country's top legislative body's bi-monthly session, Xinhua reported.

The new regulations aim to protect the assets of patients suffering from mental illness, and requires hospitals to establish mental health clinics and train mental health workers. The amendments also outline a family's role when one of its members is struck by mental illness.

The committee also discussed the second draft of amendments to the law governing securities investment, which requires certain risk-management measures for fund managers.

The drafts being discussed cover 18 revisions to the seven laws that are in conflict with the Criminal Procedure Law, which was amended in March.

"The revisions involve many of the public's expressed concerns," said Wang Zhenyu, a deputy director with the Public Policy-making Research Center with the China University of Political Science and Law.

The amendments will help protect human rights and maintain social order, Fu Siming, a law professor with the Party School of the Central Committee of CPC, told the Global Times.

Other laws that are being amended to fit the updated law include China's law governing prisons, the protection of minors and the postal industry.
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