Supreme People’s Procuratorate

By Paul Davies and Andrew Westgate

This month, China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP), the country’s most senior prosecution and investigation authority, issued a statement analysing the initial six months of its pilot programme launched in July 2015, which seeks to increase environmental accountability for industry and government authorities.

Aimed at expediting public interest claims, the two-year pilot gives increased powers to local prosecution departments. The pilot encourages resolving potential public interest claims before they reach court, with the SPP stating its priority of public lawsuits related to the environment and protection of resources.