On the 2nd of March, the Juvenile Court Work Office was formally established and unveiled. Yang Wanming, deputy dean and director of the Juvenile Court Office, emphasised “the protection of minors and crime prevention is a systematic project that requires the joint efforts of the whole society. It is hoped at all sectors of society will pay more attention to and value the healthy growth of minors, and continue to care and support the work of the juvenile courts of the people’s courts.”
The news from the press conference showed the Juvenile Court Work Office of the Supreme People’s Court is not a loose and temporary deliberative and coordinating body, but an important working mechanism with high levels, practical functions, and relatively fixed members.
The position of the relevant person in charge of the office reflects this. The director of the Juvenile Court Work Office is Yang Wanming, vice president of the Supreme People’s Court; Shen Liang, a full-time member of the Judicial Committee of the Supreme People’s Court, now is assigned as the executive deputy director of the Juvenile Court Work Office; He Li, president of the Criminal Division of the Supreme People’s Court, and Zhen Xuelin, tribunal director of the Civil Division of the Supreme People’s Court, are assigned as the deputy directors of the Juvenile Court Work Office.
While setting up the Juvenile Court Work Office, the Supreme People’s Court has also set up juvenile court circuit trial sites in six circuit courts.
According to Yang Wanming, the Juvenile Court Work Office is mainly responsible for the following tasks: comprehensively coordinating the guidance of juvenile trials, participating in the management of juvenile cases, and coordinating the development of circuit trials of juvenile cases.
Meanwhile, Yang said the Juvenile Court Work Office will be eager to encourage, implement and strengthen tasks in the following aspects:
- Adhering to the professional development of juvenile trials.
- Strengthening constructions of working rules, operating systems and assessment systems and coordinating the work of juvenile courts across the country.
- Strengthening investigation and research on problems of juvenile crime cases. Through employing many research platforms and collaborating with experts and scholars, the Juvenile Court Work Office will promptly form research groups to produce effective research results on juvenile crime and crime prevention.