Chances are that Chinese courts may adopt a softer approach to minor offences in the near future. At the moment of writing eight procuratorates are experimenting the Implementation rules on the procedure for handling minor cases where there has been an admission of guilt (认罪轻案办理程序实施细则).
The goals of the implementation rules are three:
1. simplifying and speeding up criminal court procedures
2. reducing the use of detention
3. balancing leniency and severity (kuanyan xiangji)
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