This book seeks to trace the notarial history of China from 1902 to 1979. While working on this trailblazing effort, the author taps into a rich variety of artifacts, especially the notarial documents, archived records, manuals and journals from private collection or originally issued by China's judicial authorities during different periods. No similar book has been published so far. Many of these items are taken from old publications and notarial documents that the author purchased from grass-root vendors. The book complements the text with illustrations, and the descriptions of the same articles are consistent throughout narrative. Even more remarkable is that many rare notarial historical materials in Chinese and foreign languages are available for the first time. This book is a must-read for researchers and students need in their understanding of China's judicial system or China's history. It gives a complete introduction to the development and evolution of China's notarial system, which has great reference value for those who study this subject.
Yu CAI is currently Deputy Director of Shanghai Yangpu Notary Public Office, Vice Chairman of Notary Culture Construction and Publicity Committee of China Notary Association, and Council Member of Dong Biwu's Legal Thought (Socialist Theory of the Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics), Research Society of China Law Society. He is Recipient of many honors and has been named 'National Outstanding Notary.' He is keen on the study of modern Chinese judicial system. The Chinese language version of 'A Chronicle of China's Notary History (1902-1979)' published in 2019 won the First Prize of the 6th 'Chinese Legal Culture Research Achievement Award.'