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rt aims to better regulate procedures for review of death sentences and the execution.
Under the guideline, courts should inform those on death row that they have the right to tho上海千花坊
se meetings, and they must tell the defendants if the people that the inmates wish to see refuse the meeting.
If someone applies to meet with his or her child under the age of 18, courts should first
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a face-to-face meeting would affect the children’s physical or mental health, it said.
The last words of convicts facing the death penalty can be recorded by audio or video, it said.上海千花坊
Ruan Chuansheng, a law professor at the Shanghai Administration Institute, said such a guideline will unify different pra
上海千花坊品茶微信ctices in the implementation of executions carried out by courts nationwide.
“We’ve had basic principles to carry out executions, such as informing of the right to meetings of convicts facing the death上海千花坊
penalty, but what courts should do for the meeting and how to arrange the meeting are not specified,” he said.
上海千花坊品茶微信Ji Chunwei, a criminal lawyer from Guangdong province, said t
he new rule is a big step forward in human rights protection in the judicial sector.
“The guideline will prevent situations in which some people were informe上海千花坊
d after their family members had been executed, which has happened before,” he said.
The guideline also clarifies some of the other legitimate rights of convicts on deat上海千花坊品茶微信
h row. It states that a local high court should inform the death penalty convict of the righ
t to hire a defense lawyer to help him or her in the penalty review process. Under current laws,上海千花坊品茶微信
all death sentences in the country must be reviewed by the Supreme People’s Court.
The defense lawyer can submit their findings or evidence either to the
local high court or directly to the top court, according to the guideline.