Measures of the Supreme People's Court for Organization of Pledging Allegiance to the Constitution

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  • Document NumberNo. 9 [2016] of the Supreme People's Court
  • Area of Law Constitution State Organs
  • Level of Authority Working Documents of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate
  • Date issued04-19-2016
  • Effective Date04-19-2016
  • Issuing Authority Supreme People's Court
  • Status Effective



Notice of the Supreme People's Court on Issuing the Measures of the Supreme People's Court for Organization of Pledging Allegiance to the Constitution
(No. 9 [2016] of the Supreme People's Court)
All entities of the Supreme People's Court:
The Measures of the Supreme People's Court for Organization of Pledging Allegiance to the Constitution, as discussed and adopted at the 16th meeting of Party group of the Supreme People's Court in 2016, are hereby issued to you for your compliance and implementation.
Supreme People's Court
April 19, 2016
The Measures of the Supreme People's Court for Organization of Pledging Allegiance to the Constitution
Article 1 For purposes of raising awareness of the Constitution, as well as inspiring and educating people's courts' functionaries in being loyal to, abiding by and upholding the Constitution, these Measures are formulated under the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Implementing the System of Pledging Allegiance to the Constitution.
Article 2 Vice Presidents, members of the Judicial Committee, division chief judges, associate chief judges, and judges of the Supreme People's Court, and the President of the Military Court, shall pledge allegiance to the Constitution after they are elected under the statutory procedure.
Other state functionaries of the Supreme People's Court shall pledge allegiance to the Constitution when taking office.
Article 3 The pledge to the Constitution is as follows:
I swear that I will be allegiant to the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, safeguard the Constitution's authority, perform statutory duties, be loyal to the country and people, be committed and honest when performing duties, accept people's supervision, and work hard to develop China into a socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, civilized and harmonious.
Article 4 The place where the pledge is taken shall be solemn and dignified, and be hung with the national flag or national emblem of the People's Republic of China.
The pledge leader and pledge taker at the ceremony of pledging allegiance to the Constitution shall be in unified robes of judges, other uniforms, or formal wear.
Article 5 An pledge-taking ceremony may be conducted in the form of individual pledge or collective pledge.
Where the Vice Presidents, members of the Judicial Committee, division chief judges, associate chief judges, and judges of the Supreme People's Court, and the President of the Military Court take collective pledge, the President of the Supreme People's Court, or a senior judge entrusted by him or her, shall lead the pledge.
Where other state functionaries of the Supreme People's Court take collective pledge, the President of the Supreme People's Court, or a person entrusted by him or her, shall lead the pledge.
Where judges receive rank promotion, or non-leadership position promotion, a collective pledge may be organized as required.
The pledge-taking ceremony may be supervised by the President of the Supreme People's Court, or a person entrusted by him or her.
Article 6 The national anthem of the People's Republic of China shall be played (sung) when the pledge-taking ceremony is held.
In the case of an individual pledge, the pledge taker shall stand facing the national flag or national emblem, put his or her left hand on the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, raise his or her right hand formed into a fist with its bottom facing forward, and read aloud the pledge.
In the case of a collective pledge, the pledge leader shall stand facing the national flag or national emblem, put his or her left hand on the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, raise his or her right hand formed into a fist with its bottom facing forward, and lead the reading aloud of the pledge; and the pledge takers shall stand neatly behind the pledge leader, stand facing the national flag or national emblem, raise their right hands formed into fists with bottoms facing forward, and follow the pledge leader in reading aloud the pledge, and shall, after reading the pledge, say aloud their names when the pledge leader reads aloud "pledge taker…."
Article 7 The pledging of allegiance to the Constitution shall be taken publicly; and deputies to the people congresses, members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and representatives of relevant sectors shall be invited to participate in the pledge-taking ceremony.
Article 8 Where an event of reviewing pledge is organized for the purpose of any important activities, these Measures shall apply.
Article 9 These Measures shall come into force on the date of issuance, and the Notice of the Supreme People's Court on Issuing the Provisions of the People's Republic of China on Swearing in of Judges (for Trial Implementation) shall be concurrently repealed.