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Karamay juvenile crime files to be sealed

By Liao Yuan And Sun Bo Updated: 2014-07-02

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On June 5, 2014, the trial committee of Karamay District People’s Court issued a regulation to seal juvenile crime records. Karamay District People’s Court is the first legal institution in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to adopt this system.


Before the latest Code of Criminal Procedure, there was no specified regulation on storing or borrowing juvenile crime files, and any basic unit or individuals related to the case could apply to read the file.


But from now on, Karamay District People’s Court will seal all files involving crimes committed by minors. The court will not supply sealed crime files and crime identification to any basic unit or individuals. Sealed files could only be read by legal institutions and units that get official permission.


In May, 2011, the juvenile trial division of Karamay District Court was established, which has handled 47 juvenile criminal cases involving 74 minors.


“The sealing of crime files gives juvenile criminals a chance to live a new life. It is the best implementation of China’s policy about how to treat minor criminals through education, persuasion and save,”said Yu Xumei, president of the court’s juvenile trial division.


Edited by Nelly Min