SPC head signs MOU with senior Italian judicial personnel

By Jiang Xingguang (english.court.gov.cn) Updated : 2017-07-01

SPC head signs MOU with senior Italian judicial personnel

Zhou Qiang (right), chief justice and president of the Supreme People's Court of China, shakes hands with Giovanni Legnini, vice-president of the High Council of the Judiciary of Italy on June 30 in Beijing.

SPC head signs MOU with senior Italian judicial personnel

Zhou Qiang (right), chief justice and president of the Supreme People's Court of China, shakes hands with Giovanni Canzio, president of the Supreme Court of Cassation of Italy on June 30 in Beijing.

China's top court signed a memorandum of understanding with Italy's High Council of the Judiciary and Supreme Court of Cassation on June 30 in Beijing.

Zhou Qiang, chief justice and president of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of China, Giovanni Legnini, vice-president of the High Council of the Judiciary of Italy, and Giovanni Canzio, president of the Supreme Court of Cassation of Italy, attended the signing ceremony.

At his meeting with Legnini and Canzio, Zhou said that courts in China are working hard to deepen reform of the judicial system and to "let people experience justice and fairness in every judicial case".

Zhou said that high-level exchanges and cooperation in various sectors between the two countries have led to good results over the past few years.

"The visit will surely consolidate and promote judicial cooperation between China and Italy, thus opening a new chapter in judicial communication between the two countries," said Zhou.

Judges are being urged to take more responsibility in China, said Zhou, adding that the reform of trial procedures and law enforcement is underway.

Smart court construction improves both transparency of judicial practices and judicial effectiveness.

Zhou said that judicial cooperation in various fields, including case studies, information sharing, judge training, and transnational and cyber crime fighting should be strengthened.

Legnini and Canzio echoed Zhou and both spoke highly of China’s legal construction and judicial reform.

Legnini wished to strengthen the communication between the countries, consolidate and enhance mutual trust, and conduct broader and deeper cooperation in the judicial field.

Canzio said Italy should learn from the China experience, especially as regards judicial reform and court information construction.

Mutual learning can help deal with new challenges in the globalization process and maintain social stability, according to Canzio.