The Deep Dilemmas of the New Criminal Evidence Rules in China

Wang Chao, Zhang Yu


To solve the low rates of witness testimony in court, coercion, and other problems, the National People's Congress (NPC) created large-scale modifications in the criminal evidence rules when amending the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) of the People's Republic of China (P.R.C) (1996 Revision) in 2012. Although the new criminal evidence rules have made remarkable progress from the legal text, they will be confronted with some deep dilemmas in judicial practice. If China could not take effective measures to deal with these dilemmas, the revised criminal evidence rules would neither be thoroughly executed nor really resolve the above mentioned problems.

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