China will amend a law to address the long-standing problem of civil court
rulings that are not carried out, according to the top legislative meeting on
The draft amendment of Civil Procedure Law has been submitted to the standing
committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, for
examination and approval.
Chinese courts found that in 2006, 2.13 million civil case rulings had not
been carried out by the due date. Almost half of those rulings have still not
been implemented, and the verdicts remain empty words on a piece of judicial
The draft amendment multiplies by a factor of ten fines for those who refuse
to execute a civil court ruling -- fines climb from 1,000 to 10,000 yuan (1300
US dollars) for individual offenders, and from 30,000 to 300,000 yuan (39,000
US dollars) for companies.
The law also said that those who refuse to cooperate with civil courts in
making sure a ruling is executed may be detained.
"The public are up in arms about the poor execution of verdicts," said Wang
Shengming, an official with NPC's standing committee. "The amendment is
necessary to safeguard the authority of justice."