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Complaint by Lawyer Cheng Hai about the Venue of His Administrative Hearing

August 31, 2014

In 2014, lawyer Cheng Hai defended New Citizens Movement activist Ding Jiaxi, who was prosecuted for calling for the disclosure of officials’ assets and education equality. During Ding’s trial, Cheng Hai withdrew from court to protest what he alleged as serious procedural violations. He subsequently filed complaints with relevant authorities. On August 22, 2014, Cheng received a notice from the Changping District Judicial Administration Bureau in Beijing informing him that the bureau planned to administratively suspend his license to practice for one year. The reason given for the suspension was that Cheng had “disrupted court order during a trial” and “interfered in the normal functioning of prosecutorial activities" when he was defending Ding Jiaxi. Cheng requested and was granted a hearing, scheduled for September 5, 2014.

In this statement, "Objections to the Venue of the Administrative Punishment Hearing," Cheng challenges the propriety of the location of the hearing, the Sunshine Halfway Home in Changping District, Beijing, an agency that provides temporary education, training, and other services to citizens reentering society after their release from prison or extrajudicial detention centers. Cheng states that, “Arranging the hearing at such a place is a clear example of the judicial bureau’s abuse of power, an insult to my dignity, and in violation of Article 12 of the Civil Service Law and other regulations.” He requests the Changping District Judicial Administration Bureau to change the location of the hearing, in accordance with the law, and to hold the hearing within the bureau’s offices.













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