Chinese courts are to step up efforts to protect judicial officers after a Beijing judge was shot dead near her home last week.
Ma Caiyun, 38, a judge at Changping District People's Court, was shot in the face and stomach at about 9:30 pm on Friday in the capital's Huilongguan community. She was confirmed dead shortly afterward at a hospital.
Ma's husband, Li Fusheng, a police officer at the same court, was injured in the shooting, according to a statement issued by Beijing police.
Two suspects shot themselves dead after they were cornered by police in a car in Yanqing district early on Saturday, the statement said. One of the suspects, surnamed Li, was dissatisfied with property allocation in a divorce case verdict given by Ma, the statement said, adding that the investigation was continuing.
News of the judge's death went viral among judicial officials over the weekend. A judge who specializes in civil disputes at a court in Fujian province said, "I will now pay great attention to protecting my own privacy and that of my family."
Sun Jungong, spokesman for the Supreme Peoples Court — the top court — said on Monday, "We were shocked after hearing of Ma's death and strongly condemn such violent attacks on judges. We'll deal strictly with cases of personal or property damage involving judicial officials or their family members, and also introduce more effective protection for judges。”
Hu Shihao, director of the top court's judicial reform office, said at a news conference on Monday that a guideline on protecting judicial officers was expected to be issued this year. Details of the protective measures would be disclosed promptly, Hu said.