BEIJING, Sept. 28 (ChinaMil) -- The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Politics and Law Commission of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) have jointly issued the Implementation Measures for Legal Assistance to Military Personnel and Their Families (hereinafter referred to as Measures). Consisting of 23 articles, the document sets targeted and operable measures to offer better legal assistance to military personnel and their families and to safeguard the interests of national defense and the lawful rights and interests of military personnel and their families.
The Measures sets the principle of collaboration and cooperation between the military and local judiciary authorities, defines military personnel and their families eligible for legal assistance, specifies the scope of legal assistance to military personnel and their families, as well as the materials that should be submitted in the application for legal assistance. The Measures also defines the scope of persons who are exempted from the economic difficulty review, and stipulates the rights and obligations of relevant authorities in handling legal aid cases for military personnel and their families.
Legal aid workstations will be jointly established by the military and local judiciary authorities. The Measures defines the scope of duties of the workstation and its obligations of public notification of information and registration of letters, calls, and visits from assistance seekers.
In order to improve coordination between the military and local judiciary authorities and share legal aid resources, the Measures sets specific stipulations on the establishment of work reporting and duty counsel systems of the legal aid workstation and joint conference mechanism.
The Measures went into effect on September 14, 2016.