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SPP Releases China’s Prosecution Data for First Three Quarters of 2023: Surge in Arrests, IP Cases Soar

Tue, 13 Feb 2024
Categories: China Legal Trends

On 25 Oct. 2023, China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) released the primary case data of procuratorates nationwide for the first three quarters of this year.

In criminal cases from January to September 2023, procuratorates nationwide approved and decided to arrest a total of 520,000 criminal suspects of various kinds; 392,000 were not arrested, resulting in a non-arrest rate of 43%. A total of 1.182 million people were prosecuted, while 411,000 were not prosecuted, resulting in a non-prosecution rate of 25.8%.

As for the intellectual property rights prosecution work from January to September 2023, procuratorates nationwide accepted and reviewed prosecutions for 22,000 cases involving intellectual property infringement, marking a 49.7% increase compared to the previous period. The cases mainly involved trademark infringements, totaling over 17,000 individuals. Increases were notable in copyright infringements and infringements of commercial secrets, with over 2,000 and 260 individuals, up 1.95 times and once, respectively, from the previous year.

From January to September 2023, procuratorates nationwide filed over 152,000 public interest litigation cases. Among them, 18,000 were civil public interest litigation cases and 134,000 were administrative public interest litigation cases.

During the same period, procuratorates nationwide initiated over 8,500 public interest litigations. Meanwhile, the first-instance court upheld the prosecution’s litigation requests at a rate of 99.6%.

 

 

Photo by Diem Nhi Nguyen on Unsplash

Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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