China Justice Observer


EnglishArabicChinese (Simplified)DutchFrenchGermanHindiItalianJapaneseKoreanPortugueseRussianSpanishSwedishHebrewIndonesianVietnameseThaiTurkishMalay

SPP Releases White Paper on Prosecutorial Practice for Minors (2021)

Mon, 11 Jul 2022
Categories: China Legal Trends

On 1 Jun. 2022, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) released the “White Paper on Prosecutorial Practice for Minors (2021)” (hereinafter referred to as the “White Paper”). This is the third time that the SPP has released a white paper on the prosecutorial practice for minors.

In terms of crimes committed by minors, the White Paper reveals that:

1. In China, the arrest rate for juvenile suspects is 49.13%.

Chinese procuratorates are responsible for arrest approval.

In 2021, the procuratorates across the country accepted and examined the arrest requests involving a total of 55,379 juvenile criminal suspects, among which 27,208 were approved while 27,673 were dismissed. In other words, 49.13% of juvenile suspects were approved for arrest.

2. In China, the prosecution rate for juvenile suspects is 47.6%.

Chinese procuratorates also have the authority to examine applications from public security organs and decide whether to prosecute criminal suspects.

In 2021, the procuratorates across the country examined the applications for public prosecution against a total of 73,998 juvenile suspects, among which 35,228 were approved. In other words, 47.6% of juvenile suspects were prosecuted.

In terms of crimes against minors, the White Paper reveals that:

In 2021, the procuratorates across the country approved the arrest of 45,827 criminal suspects and prosecuted 60,553 for crimes against minors.

For more information on Chinese procuratorates, please click here.



Cover Photo by Jerry Bao on Unsplash

Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

Save as PDF

You might also like

SPC Publishes Typical Cases on Public Security Crimes

In April 2024, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released five typical cases illustrating crimes against public security, emphasizing clarifications on trial criteria and sentencing principles, featuring a case involving serious injuries from objects thrown off a high-rise building.

Beijing Court Upholds Workers' Right to Offline Rest

The Beijing No. 3 Intermediate People's Court ruled that workers are entitled to overtime pay for “invisible overtime work” conducted via social media outside of working hours, protecting their right to “offline rest”.

China Revises State Secrets Protection Law

China’s national legislature, the National People’s Congress, revised the State Secrets Protection Law to enhance information classification, secrecy in technological innovation, and precise protection of state secrets, effective May 1, 2024.