Law to Protect Rights of Good Samaritans Takes Effect
Said to be the first kind of law in China, the Good Samaritan law takes effect today in Shenzhen and will play a major roles role in protecting the rights of do-gooders. The law will exempt these do gooders from any legal liability for any unsuccessful rescue attempts or in helping people in emergencies.
The Good Samaritan law is different from punitive laws since it’s aimed to provide legal guarantee to do gooders. A professor from the Shenzhen University law school said that people who tend to lend a hand faces the risk of having an insufficient ability to help others or accused by the people that received help. The new law means that i tis not necessary for do gooders to provide any evidence to justify their act. Do gooders will only seek help if they are faced with a false accusation allowing their case to be handled correctly.
The new law required people to provide any proof of intentional wrongdoing when they accuse rescuers of doing them harm or have aggravated their injuries. Is a lawsuit is filed with insufficient proof the person who filed the case will be held accountable. Furthermore those who receive help will be subjected to criminal prosecution or administrative punishment is they are guilty of making false charges to a Good Samaritan who tried to help them. They will also be required to issue an apology and provide compensation.