What’s the Chinese Legal System? (Chinese Source)

Publisher China Justice Observer
Author Guodong Du
Summary China’s Legal system essentially has four different levels: the Constitution, Laws, administrative/military regulations and judicial interpretations, and local laws and regulations. The Constitution, created by the National People’s Congress, prevails over all other laws and regulations. The laws are formulated by the NPC while other regulations and local laws are formulated by specific committees or more local councils. Unlike the US, China does not have common law and relies on its civil law system. Court cases are not law, but only rules determined by the legislature, the executive and the judiciary are laws.
Excerpt “Local laws and regulations are formulated by the Provincial People’s Congress and its Standing Committee, with the effect covering the areas under its jurisdiction”
Curator Notes This is a Chinese source that provides a basic breakdown of China’s laws and the hierarchy of legal powers. It also explores sources and databases that provide further information on Chinese regulations as well as further improvements that could be applied to these resources to make them more helpful.
Publish Date March 18, 2020
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