After China's lawyer system was restored in 1978, it experienced decades of development. A temporary regulation was implemented in 1982, and China's first law on lawyers took effect in 1997. China started with only a few dozen lawyers in the 1970s, compared to about 400,000 in 2018. For those who can not afford lawyer services, China also provides legal aid. Over the past five years, about seven million people have received legal aid.