China lawyers told not to take train crash cases
A report says Chinese authorities have apologised after lawyers were ordered not to help victims.
Beijing: A state media report says Chinese authorities have apologised after lawyers were ordered not to help victims of a deadly train crash file lawsuits without permission.
Xinhua News Agency says law firms received a notice soon after the July 23 accident that if injured passengers and families of those killed seek legal help, lawyers should report to the local judicial bureau.
The notice and subsequent apology suggests the country`s communist authorities are concerned about the case becoming a high-profile legal matter. China`s judicial system is not independent.
The local judicial bureau that supervises law firms denies it issued the notice after an outcry on the Internet. It says the city`s lawyers` association put out the notice in its name.