China releases new measures to strengthen legal assistance to military personnel

China Military Online
Lin Congyi
2023-02-17 18:33:31

BEIJING, Feb. 17 -- Recently, the Ministry of Justice and the Political and Legal Commission of the Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China jointly issued the newly-revised measures for implementation of legal assistance to military personnel and their dependents (hereinafter referred to as the Measures).

The Measures aims to stimulate the sense of honor and strengthen the protection of military personnel’s rights and interests. It has refined the policies stipulated in laws and regulations concerning the general provisions on legal aid, the protection of status, rights and interests of military personnel, etc., in view of improving the standardization and institutional level of the legal assistance work for military personnel, and safeguarding their legitimate rights and interests.

The Measures is composed of 35 articles in five chapters, explicitly stipulating that the legal aid agencies should give priority to providing legal services such as free consultation and agency service according to law when military personnel and their dependents encounter difficulties in safeguarding legitimate rights and interests; and a legal aid green channel shall be set to accept legal aid applications submitted by military personnel and their dependents. Competent governments departments and military judicial and administrative departments are required to work in close cooperation in this area.

The new Measures will take effect on March 1, 2023.

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