Judicial Interpretation and the Socialist Core Values

Oct 11, 2018
The Supreme People’s Court last month released a five-year plan to incorporate the country’s socialist core values in handling judicial interpretation. Susan Finder, who has been observing the SPC for the last 25 years and who was recently appointed as one of the 32 members of the international expert committee of the China International Commercial Court (CICC), shares with China Law and Practice the SPC's approach as to how these socialist values will be incorporated into judicial interpretations. Her remarks are her own and should not be attributed either to the SPC or the CICC.

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Earlier this year, the Communist Party authorities issued a five-to-10 year plan to fully incorporate the country’s socialist core values into its system of laws.  The plan, which has not been released in full, apparently included the phrase “judicial interpretations should be amended and improved in a timely manner according to the demands of socialist core values.” That meant that the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) needed to incorporate socialist core values into its judicial interpretations. Last month, the SPC issued a plan to do so interpretations over the next five years.  The SPC plan implements the Communist Party document.

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