China to fast-track minor offenses
                 English.news.cn | 2014-06-27 12:16:43 | Editor: Liu

BEIJING, June 27 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislature Friday approved a pilot program to speed up trials for minor criminal offenses.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) adopted a resolution authorizing the Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuratorate to start the program.

Cases can be fast-tracked when facts are clear, the evidence is sufficient, the law is not contested, the defendant pleads guilty and sentence will be no more than one year or a fine, according to the resolution.

The fast-track trials can apply to minor criminal cases of traffic offences, minor theft or fraud, assault and robbery.

The pilot will run for two years, in 18 cities including Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai and Tianjin, where cases are piling up.

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