China's chief justice Xiao Yang said on Friday
people's courts should keep a balance between strictness and leniency when
trying important and major criminal cases.
"In the trial process no one is allowed to
show excessive mercy and grant favor (to the accused) in violation of the law.
At the same time, social or media pressure cannot lead to heavy or excessive
penalties," said Xiao at an on-going national conference.
He urged people's courts at all levels to improve their capabilities of
trying major criminal cases, saying that courts should be loyal to law, obey
laws and realize the fairness and justness of law in their trial work, be good
at analyzing and making judgment in line with law, accurately distinguish
between guilt and innocent and differentiate different crimes.
Judgments should be made accurately following lawful procedures and
sufficient evidence must be provided, so that every major criminal trial can
stand the test of history and social judgment.
At the conference, Xiao also said people's courts should regard the trial of
cases relating to corruption and dereliction of duty as an urgent task
reflecting the life and death of the Party and the nation.
He said people's courts, as an important anti-corruption power, should
implement the principle that everyone is equal before the law.
Every defendant, no matter how high their rank should be punished according
to law without favor, said Xiao.