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China to revise criminal procedural law in 2007

    BEIJING, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- China's national legislature plans to deliberate 20 draft laws including the amendment to criminal procedural law and draft social insurance law in 2007.

    Ten to 15 of the 20 draft laws are expected to be adopted in 2007, according to the 2007 legislation plan of the Standing Committee of the Tenth National People's Congress (NPC) which was announced on Tuesday.

    According to the annual legislation plan, the draft property law and draft corporate income tax law will be deliberated and are expected to be approved at the upcoming fifth session of the Tenth NPC in March.

    The NPC Standing Committee will continue to deliberate draft labor contract law, draft emergency responding law, draft administrative mandatory law, draft anti-drug law and draft anti-monopoly law in 2007. And if conditions are ripe, the draft laws may be adopted this year.

    Thirteen draft laws will be submitted to China's legislature for first reading this year, including draft employment promotion law, draft labor dispute arbitration law, draft town and country planning law, draft energy saving law, draft lawyer law, draft amendment to civil procedural law, draft circular economy law, draft seventh amendment to criminal law, draft amendment to science and technology progress law, draft illegal acts corrective law, draft amendment to criminal procedural law, draft social insurance law and draft amendment to food safety law.

    According to the legislation plan, China will have 230 effective laws by early 2008.

    An official with the NPC Standing Committee said the Tenth NPC will end its five-year tenure in early 2008. After the annual legislation plan of 2007 is fulfilled, the Tenth NPC's objective to basically establish a socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics will come true.


    In addition to legislation, another important work for China's legislature is to supervise government, court and prosecuting bodies.

    In 2007, the Tenth NPC Standing Committee plans to hear and deliberate nine reports made by the State Council, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

    The State Council will make seven reports to NPC Standing Committee this year on saving energy and protecting tube wells, safeguarding Taiwan compatriots' legitimate investment rights, overseas Chinese affairs, regulating transfer payment, the construction of new countryside, medical care system reform in urban and rural areas, food and medicine safety supervision, and establishing a system to prevent employers defaulting employees' salaries.

    The Supreme People's Court will deliver a report on improving trial supervision and promoting fair justice to the NPC Standing Committee.

    The Supreme People's Procuratorate will submit a report on tightening the supervision on prosecuting organs and promoting fair justice to the country's legislature.

    The NPC Standing Committee will also hear and deliberate the report on 2006 financial accounts report, the report on 2006 central budget implementation and on other financial revenue and expenditure audit results, as well as the report on implementation of 2007 national economy and social development plan.

    The NPC Standing Committee will examine the implementation of the revised compulsory education law, law on judges, and law on procurators.

Editor: Pliny Han
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