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Delivering Justice in Qing China: Civil Trials in the Magistrate's Court

Linxia Liang


Traditional Chinese law, including Qing law, was often criticized as being inapplicable in civil trials, and it was often believed that the magistrate's court preferred mediation rather than decision-making. This volume challenges these views. With a detailed analysis of the Qing law codes and of 100 nineteenth-century case records from Baodi county, the volume examines much-debated issues such as the approach of Qing law to civil and criminal matters, punishment and mediation in civil trials, Confucius' preference for education and the idea of anti-litigation. This book brings a lawyer's pers ... More

Keywords: Traditional Chinese law, Qing law, civil trials, magistrates, mediation, Confucius, case records, Baodi county, criminal matters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263990
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linxia Liang, author
Lecturer, Law School, University of Aberdeen