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Edited by Song Miou, Xinhua News

The Supreme People's Court (SPC) on April 15 streamlined procedure on accepting and hearing cases, another step toward an authoritative judicial system in China.

The rules, to take effect on May 1, state that any interference in court procedure will be severely punished.

To address difficulties for the public in filing cases, current accreditation by courts will be replaced by a case registration system.  Authorities are determined to put an end to obstructive behavior by courts and officials meddling in cases.

By Elaine Dunn

This Lunar New Year had many people, linguists included, puzzled.  And the media had a field day with clever headlines such as “The big ‘yang’ theory,” “Sod off sheep! It’s the Year of the Goat” “Whatever floats your goat,” “Sheep, goat or ram debate shepherds response,” etc.

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