Clerks train as judges to ease shortage

The city's first batch of 157 law clerks retrained as judges will be dispatched to grassroots courts to hear cases.

Shanghai's first batch of 157 clerks-turned-judges is bringing new blood to local courts.

The 157 new judges, aged from 28 to 41, were selected from 296 law clerks across the city who underwent a series of exams, including written tests and mock trials, since September.

The new judges will be dispatched to grassroots courts to hear cases, the Shanghai High People’s Court said Monday.

It is part of the city’s continuing reform of the judicial system to promote promising law clerks in an effort to address a shortage of judges.

Qiu Yingen

The first batch of 157 clerk-turned-judges take the oath of office on Monday.


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