[NetBehaviour] Justice at the click of a mouse in China.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Sep 15 15:14:18 CEST 2006
Justice at the click of a mouse in China.
A court in China has used a software program to help decide prison
sentences in more than 1,500 criminal cases, a Hong Kong newspaper said
The software, tested for two years in a court in Zibo, a city in the
eastern coastal province of Shandong, covered about 100 different
crimes, including robbery, rape, murder and state security offenses, the
South China Morning Post said, citing the software's developer, Qin Ye.
"The software is aimed at ensuring standardized decisions on prison
terms. Our programs set standard terms for any subtle distinctions in
different cases of the same crime," Qin was quoted as saying.
A Beijing-based software company had worked with the Zichuan District
Court in Zibo since 2003 to develop the program and input mainland
criminal law, the paper said.
Judges enter details of a case and the system produces a sentence, the
"The software can avoid abuse of discretionary power of judges as a
result of corruption or insufficient training," the paper quoted Zichuan
District Court chief judge, Wang Hongmei, as saying.
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