Following is a biographical sketch of Xiao Yang, whose nomination as the president of Supreme People's Court was approved by the First Session of the Ninth National People's Congress (NPC).
Born in August, 1938; a native of Heyuan in Guangdong Province; joined Communist Party of China (CPC) in May, 1966.
After graduating from Department of Law in the People's University of China in 1962, Xiao became a teacher of political science and law in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and a staff member in Qujiang County Public Security Department in Guangdong.
From 1969 to 1981 he worked at Qujiang County Communist Party Committee. Later he served as secretary of the Wujiang District Communist Party Committee, in Shaoguan City, and deputy secretary of Qingyuan Prefectural Communist Party Committee.
Xiao was deputy procurator-general of Guangdong Provincial People's Procuratorate and deputy secretary of its Communist Party Committee, 1983-1986, and then procurator-general and secretary, 1986-1990.
Xiao Yang was deputy procurator-general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate between 1990 to
1993 and, since 1993, he had been minister of justice and secretary of the ministery's Communist Party Committee.
Xiao Yang became member of the 15th CPC Central Committee in last September.