China's ruling party says it will work for better judiciary, check political interference

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China's ruling Communist Party says it will take steps to improve judicial independence and put checks on political interference in the courts, as its Central Committee concludes its annual meeting.

A communique, released Thursday after the conclave ended in Beijing, pledges support for ruling the country in accordance with the Constitution and the law.

The document provides a guiding policy framework for the party-led government in the upcoming year, which will draw up detailed measures to execute the orders.

The Central Committee says major policies should be subject to legal review, files should be kept to record any involvement by party officials in legal matters, courts should be removed from the jurisdiction of local officials to boost independence and judges should be chosen from legal professionals.