The China chapter focuses on the “long march” to that country establishing a judicial discipline system that better meets the aspirations and expectations of its judges. The first section introduces the policy and legal framework for judicial discipline prior to 2012 and the missed opportunity to better professionalise it. Much of the chapter focuses on developments since Xi Jinping came to power. Judicial attitudes towards those reforms are explored. The chapter speculates about the direction of judicial disciplinary reforms and the possible impact of the disciplinary framework on retaining highly qualified legal professionals and the longer-term future for judicial discipline.
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