Most Chinese lawyers, especially litigators, traditionally only practice law locally. Online litigation, which has developed rapidly in China within the past five years, offers lawyers the opportunity to practice law remotely at a lower cost.
In October 2022, China's Supreme People's Court and other three authorities jointly issued “Opinions on Further Deepening the Pilot Program of Full Coverage of Lawyer's Defense in Criminal Cases”, which extends the stage where the criminal suspects could have a lawyer to the 'examination and prosecution' stage.
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.
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.
The Ministry of Justice of China recently released a series of data on Chinese lawyers as of the end of 2017, including the number of lawyers, the number of lawsuits in which they acted as agents, and the number of clients they provided services for.