In February 2023, the Unified Law Application Platform of China’s Supreme People’s Court went online, aiming to standardize the application of laws by judges nationwide.
China's Guiding Cases 中国指导性案例
In January 2023, China’s Ministry of Justice issued three arbitration guiding cases, aiming to publicize the advantages of arbitration in dispute resolution as being efficient, convenient, and professional.
In January 2023, China’s Supreme People’s Court released ten guiding cases on environmental public interest litigation, covering matters like smuggling foreign garbage and destroying natural relics.
Similar Case Retrieving: Does China Move Towards Case Law? - Guiding Cases & Similar Cases Series (7)
No, China does not move towards case law, but keeps the tradition of statutory law while constantly innovating and exploring. The Similar Cases can be regarded as application tutorials with examples for statutory law.
China's Supreme Court's Guiding Opinions in June 2020 has set out the circumstances in which Chinese judges should retrieve the Similar Case.
China's Guiding Cases are different from case law, and in essence, belong to statutory law.
Why China Establishes Guiding Case System and Similar Case Retrieval System? –Guiding Cases & Similar Cases Series (4)
Guiding Case System and Similar Case Retrieval System are established to unify the application of law and restrict the discretion of judges.
For Chinese judges, discovering similar cases is an unfamiliar and challenging task. However, the Guiding Case System(指导性案例制度) and the Similar Case Retrieving System(类案检索制度) established respectively in 2010 and 2020 have required them to face up to this task.