Chinese lawmakers have been advised to solicit advice from the public and conduct in-depth research before tabling bills in the nation's top legislature for approval.
Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo urged lawmakers to find ways to enable the public to engage in the nation's legislative processes.
Lawmakers should be cautious, do much research and reach a comprehensive consensus before submitting draft laws that trigger debate, Wu said in a speech at a seminar in Beijing Monday.
A transcript of the speech was posted at www.news.cn.
During the seminar, Wu said China has established a comprehensive socialist legal system that governs all sectors of social life and provides a legal basis for the country's economic and social construction.
As of 2010, a total of 236 national laws, more than 690 administrative regulations and more than 8,600 local laws and regulations have been enacted, said Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC).
These laws and regulations form a multi-tier socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics, a significant achievement in the development of China's socialist legal system, he said.
Wu said, with the completion of the comprehensive socialist legal system, lawmakers should pay more attention to the revision and improvement of existing laws.
They should also formulate laws to help transform the nation's economic growth pattern, improve people's livelihoods, and maintain a sustainable growth model.
The seminar on the establishment of China's socialist legal system was hosted by the the NPC Standing Committee, and was attended by more than 400 legislators from both top and local legislatures, as well as government officials and scholars.