China Approves Criminal Case Plea-Bargain Pilot, Xinhua Reports

  • Pilot to take place in 18 cities including Beijing, Shanghai
  • Allows defendants to plead guilty in exchange for leniency

China approved a pilot program Saturday to allow plea bargaining in criminal cases, the state news agency Xinhua reported.

Pilot will allow suspects and defendants to plead guilty in return for lesser charge, the agency reported. Measures will take place in 18 cities, including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Guangzhou, according to Xinhua, which cited proposals submitted by the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

Pilot was approved on Saturday at the closed meeting of the bi-monthly legislative session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee and will take effect Sept. 4.

— With assistance by Sarah Chen

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