27 August 2012 By In Criminal Defense

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The Chinese court system is based on a civil law system that was modeled off of Soviet legal principles. All Chinese laws are organized in a Criminal Code that contains all of the regulations and rules that are used to interpret criminal law. However, in my experience, as a China criminal defense lawyer, there are many other judicial interpretations that are not included in the code buy still serve as good source of law cited by criminal judges.

There is no special criminal court system in China. Most criminal cases are heard in first instance court, while serious crimes that potentially lead to life imprisonment or death penalty will be heard by the Intermediate People's Court.

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