The Supreme People's Court (SPC) and the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) delivered their work reports to the top legislature on Sunday morning. China's judicial authorities said the country will continue to maintain "high pressure" on corruption as authorities press on with an over three-year-old anti-graft drive.
A total of 22 former Chinese officials at ministerial level or above, including former Chinese leader Zhou Yongkang, were prosecuted in 2015, while 41 were subject to investigation, a report on the work of the SPP read.
Another report on the SPC, meanwhile, said courts had concluded trials for Zhou and 15 other senior officials last year, showcasing "the Party and the country's resolute determination in cracking down on corruption".
More than three years into a high-profile anti-corruption drive targeting both "tigers" and "flies" -- the terms assigned to different officials depending on their ranks and levels of corruption -- the popular campaign has so far shown little sign of losing momentum.
According to the SPP work report, close to 80 former Chinese officials at ministerial level or above had been investigated in the three years between 2013 and 2015.
All in all, 54,249 officials were investigated for their involvement in 40,834 graft cases in 2015, according to Procurator-General Cao. The figures represent a slight drop from the year before, when 55,101 officials were probed in 41,487 cases.
On the "tigers" end, prosecutors looked into 4,490 graft, bribery and embezzlement cases that involved more than 1 million yuan each, Cao said. On the "flies" end, more than 20,500 grassroots officials from the agricultural sector as well as land acquisition, social insurance, education and medicare services were investigated and punished.