On March 17,1996, the 8th National People's Congress passed a new criminal procedure law during its 4th conference, based on an earlier code promulgated on January 1, 1980. In general, the new Criminal Procedure Code introduced significant developments in connection with the following aspects of the law: presumption of innocence, coercive measures, abolition of exemption from prosecution, criminal defenses, and the reformation of judicial proceedings.
"New Developments in 2001 Chinese Criminal Procedure Law,"
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