Investigating censor

Investigating censors (Chinese: 監察御史; lit.: 'Monitoring & Investigating Royal Scribes/historians') were Censorate officials in imperial China's civil bureaucracy between the Sui (581–618) and Qing (1644–1912) dynasties. They were in charge of investigations and impeachment, including duties such as:

  • gather complaints from the people
  • review the handling of prisoners
  • impeach officials for misconduct
Investigating censor
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Literal meaningMonitoring & Investigating Royal Scribe/historian

Since the Yuan dynasty, investigating censors were also authorized to submit remonstrances or suggestions about the emperor's conduct or policies.


  • Hucker, Charles O. (1985). A Dictionary of Official Titles in Imperial China. Stanford University Press. pp. 145–146. ISBN 0-8047-1193-3.