China Begins Public Shaming Individuals for Unpaid Court Fines

Published on Author whelihans15

The Xiaoxiang Morning Post reports the strategy is directed at individuals who have not paid court ordered compensation in the city of Changsta, in southern Hunan province. An enormous screen affixed to the outside of a major train station scrolls through the photos of those in arrears along with their names, identity card numbers, and the amount they owe. Typically the amounts are around 10,000 yuan ($1,600), but the highest figure is 28m yuan ($4.5m). While some legal experts have raised privacy concerns, Deng Long, a local lawyer, says the court has the power to disclose personal details if individuals have failed to meet court requirements. There is also support for the project as part of a campaign to “protect public interests” among local residents, believing it will deter late court payments in the future. Some were quoted saying, “This will show these people that the court means business” and “The court has played hardball exposing them-good job!”

Source: “China: Court begins ‘public shaming’ for overdue court fines” CNN, 22 January 2015. <>

One Response to China Begins Public Shaming Individuals for Unpaid Court Fines

  1. That it’s hard to track individuals to collect fines is a testimony to the freedom of movement in today’s China. You don’t need a permit to do this and that, you don’t need to show ID to travel, and the lack of a computerized national tax-financial system (“social security number”) means that finding the bank account of scofflaws isn’t easy. Furthermore, a modest payment to your local PSB (public security bureau) may help you stay out of sight.