Conclusion: Delivering Justice and the Absence of Litigation

Linxia Liang

in Delivering Justice in Qing China

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263990
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734373 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Conclusion: Delivering Justice and the Absence of Litigation

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This concluding chapter discusses how one can view the performance of the magistrate in delivering justice in the Qing litigation culture. The study concludes that land, debt, and marriage disputes were solved fairly and efficiently by the Qing magistrate, in accordance with the law. The Confucian ideal world of an absence of litigation or ‘no litigation’ and the recommendation of ‘anti-litigation’ shows why the magistrate took so much trouble in trying to make the parties accept the decision willingly. It also was able to persuade people through anti-litigation education.

Keywords: magistrate performance; Qing litigation culture; justice; Confucian ideal world; no litigation

Chapter.  4821 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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