Experiment on Chinese Judicial Transparency Index

August 2011, Qi Qi, the president of The Higher People’s Court of Zhejiang Province, arranged “Shenru Tuijin Yangguang Sifazhuanjia Yijian Zhengxun Hui” (the Pushing forward judicial transparency expert brainstorm conference). Professor Qian Hongdao, the president of the China rule of law research institute, gave speech on concept of “Judicial transparency index” and “Sunshine judicial index”.

In 2012, “Sunshine judicial index” became an important project of The Higher People’s Court of Zhejiang Province. Professor Qian was assigned by The Higher People’s Court of Zhejiang Province to research on judicial transparency by taking Wuxing area in Zhejiang province as an experimental area.

The evaluation of Judicial transparency aimed at establishing, monitoring, evaluating, leading and standardizing the judicial openness mechanism.

In December 2012, the judicial transparency index of Wuxing court was successfully created by Professor Qian. This index showed Chinese judicial transparency situation to the whole world for the first time, and it brings influence on international level.

From 2013, commissioned by The Higher People’s Court of Zhejiang Province, Institute of Law of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has 103 courts in Zhejiang province implement Sunshine judicial index evaluation by using the judicial transparency research result, which had been completed under cooperation of The Higher People’s Court of Zhejiang Province and Zhejiang University. In this regard, professor Qian’s suggestions and research fruits were finally used in practice and brought effect.

Meng Jianzhu (Leader of The Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China), Zhou Qiang (The president of the Supreme People’s Court), Shen Deyong (Vice president of the Supreme People’s Court) are satisfied with judicial transparency index usage.

2013, “judicial transparency index research,” which is conducted by professor Qian as leading expert, has been supported by The National Social Science Fund as an important project.