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China grants courts more autonomy in small matters

Ambitious remake of China's legal system has as its centrepiece the aim of making the courts independent of local government, but it's a long haul

Police standing guard last month outside a courthouse in Beijing, where prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang was tried and sentenced for blog posts criticising government policy.


THIS past year has been a time of ups and downs for judge Jiang Huiling and his 20-year quest for legal reform in China.

Mr Jiang heads a government research institute that is spearheading an ambitious remake of China's legal system. With pride, he points to potentially