BEIJING, March 12 (Xinhua) -- China's chief justice, Wang Shengjun, pledged on Friday to intensify the fight against corruption through innovative regulations in a bid to ensure clean and impartial justice.
He made the remarks in the work report of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) that was delivered during the annual session of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature.
In its latest innovation in the anti-graft system, the SPC introduced, in February, a regulation to prevent court officials from hampering justice during trials.
Wang said that the regulation was introduced because using money or personal relations to interfere with trials, which sparks public outcries, has been "a persistent disease" for ensuring judicial justice.
Chu Jieyin, an award-winning legal aid worker and a lawyer for a law firm in east China's Anhui Province, acknowledged the influence of personal relations in some trials.
"Some judges even collude with lawyers during trials," Chu said. "It greatly hampers judicial justice."
According to Zhang Jinbao, an associate professor with the University of Economics and Law in central China's Henan Province, judges actually have no say in the verdicts in some cases.