Recently, seven law doctoral students and three law Master students from Peking University, Sun Yat-sen University, Jilin University, Southwest University of Politics and Law, East China University of Politics and Law and Macau University came to the Hengqin Court one after another to report for six months’ social practice activities and participate in the supplementary affairs of the trials of the Hengqin Court in depth. As well as in research on the supporting reform of the judicial system.
On May 22, 2017, although the Hengqin Court had innovatively established a normalized mechanism for trial auxiliary personnel in their internship, it, however, made a new attempt in the way of recruitment for this group of people. In the past two years, the Hengqin Court has accepted seven batches of legal interns numbering 35. In terms of the sources of the interns, they mainly come from local or adjacent regional colleges and universities that have signed cooperation agreements with the Hengqin Court, and the sources are relatively single. Since the beginning of this year, the number of law cases accepted by the Hengqin Court has increased by a large margin, the number of law cases accepted by the judges per capita has reached a new high, and the discrepancy between the number of cases and that of the judges has become very prominent. This has led to a great increase in the pressure on the urgent task of the survey of and research on the projects in the rapid development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area and the Hengqin Free Trade Zone, as well as on the task of the reform of the judicial system. The Party group of the Hengqin Court, taking the problems to be solved as its orientation and blazing new trails in a pioneering spirit, has decided to recruit high-level legal talents from well-known colleges and universities throughout the country to participate in social practice in the Hengqin Court. According to statistics, the Hengqin Court has accepted the applications of 126 law graduate students, including 12 doctoral students and 114 Master students. Considering the actual needs of the court's work, the Hengqin Court has, based on the merits of the applicants, selectively accepted 10 law interns, including seven law doctoral students and three law Master students.
According to the Provisions of the People's Court of Zhuhai Hengqin New Area on the Establishment of a Normalized Judicial Assistant Personnel Mechanism for Internship, the Hengqin Court signed a legal practice agreement with the 10 legal interns to implement standardized management. The legal trainees were appointed as assistants to trainee judges and assigned to the trial teams. They also undertook the task of the research on judicial system innovation and the task of project survey and research. The Hengqin Court also appointed senior judges on the trial teams to serve as trainee mentors for legal interns and to be responsible for the day-to-day management.
At present, the seven legal interns who reported in the previous period, having rapidly thrown themselves into auxiliary judicial affairs and the judicial reform and innovation work, have demonstrated their excellent research ability and proficiency. Up to now, they have participated in drawing up 81 legal documents of different kinds, 8 research projects or judicial reform and innovation projects, including A Study of the Issues on the Judicial Guarantee for the Construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area, Operational Norms for the Formulation of a Mechanism for Parties in Hong Kong and Macau to Delegate the Delivery of Their Relevant Documents, Guidelines for the Formulation of the Litigation Risks Disclosure for Parties in Hong Kong and Macau, Investigations into and Research on Perfecting the Mechanism of Passing the Same Judgment for Similar Case, A Study of Practical Issues of Judicial Review of Jurisdictional Dissidence, and so on. Some individual research projects among have delivered initial results.
The normalized mechanism for internship trial auxiliary personnel is an innovative mechanism for the Hengqin Court to supplement trial auxiliary personnel, strengthen the trial power, introduce high-level talents and expand the talent reserve. It is a bridge between judicial theory and judicial practice, and a new attempt to innovate the training mechanism of legal personnel. On the basis of practice, the Hengqin Court will further sum up experience, blaze new trails in an innovative spirit, continue to perfect the normalized mechanism for internship trial auxiliary personnel, and strive to improve the ability and level of serving and safeguard the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area and the Hengqin Free Trade Zone.