China’s Legal Profession: Judges and Lawyers
Though legal professional ethics has long been underappreciated in China, it has gradually enjoyed better status since 2015.
Are Chinese judges and prosecutors returning to law practice for higher income? Statistics show that only a few have changed their careers to lawyers.
Since 2016, China has been working on establishing judicial disciplinary committees for investigating the malpractice of judges.
A total of 185 representative offices of foreign law firms in China had passed the 2019 annual examination, according to statistics disclosed by the Ministry of Justice in November 2020.
By the end of 2019, there were more than 473 thousand practicing lawyers in China, an increase of 11.8% over 2018. This is the 6th consecutive year that the Chinese lawyer profession has maintained rapid growth.
The judge quota system refers to the system for determining the number of judges in the court. In the judicial reform, the SPC attempts to rationally determine the number of judges in each court in a scientific way and then select the right candidate to serve as a judge.