No river too wide in the line of duty

Court clerk Wang Wei (left) and Judge Shu Tao crossing the Jiupan river on a ropeway in south-west China's Chongqing city to visit a village where they would promote greater awareness of China's Constitution and the rule of law.

The duo, part of a five-man team that makes up the Third People's Court of Fengjie County, have proved that there ain't no mountain high enough or river wide enough, as they traverse mountainous areas as high as 2,200m above sea level in Chongqing to provide judicial services to people in remote villages.

Aged between 24 and 34, the five young court officials are collectively dubbed "The Ropeway Judge" by the locals.

The mobile court's jurisdiction covers an area of 950 sq km and a population of more than 100,000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2016, with the headline 'No river too wide in the line of duty'. Subscribe