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A significant portion of civil cases dealt with in Mainland China has all along been matrimonial and family cases. In 2011, law courts on the Mainland had dealt with 6,614,049 first instance civil cases; of which 1,593,743 cases were matrimonial, family and succession cases, representing 24.1% of the total number of civil cases. Ten years ago in 2001, the total number of first instance civil cases dealt with by the law courts in Mainland China was 3,459,025, of which 1,361,103 cases were matrimonial, family and succession cases, representing 39.3% of the total number of civil cases. At present, the proportion of matrimonial and family cases in the total number of civil cases has substantially reduced when compared with the 70% in the 1980s, but the absolute quantity has kept on rising. More importantly, alongside the developments made in our times, as far as administration of justice is concerned, the expectations concerning judicial procedures, quality of the judges, settlement of disputes and application of the various laws have risen.
By Judge Jiang Huiling, Senior Judge and Deputy Director of the Judicial Reform Office of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China
The full version of this article appears in the March 2013 issue of International Family Law.
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