Betrothal gifts has a profound cultural background as an integral part of thetraditional legal culture with the development process from customs, legislation tocustoms and it is still widely alive in the rural society today. However, Marriage Lawenacted after the founding of new China has always been closed to betrothal giftsresulting that the disputes resolved are utterly baseless from the angle of laws. Inorder to make up the loopholes in legislation the Supreme People's Court issued thejudicial interpretation Ⅱof Marriage Law on April 1, 2004 and thus the disputes havethe legal basis. However, the rough and vague contents of the judicial interpretationdid not fully cover the specific operation of solving the disputes on betrothal gifts inthe real life. In addition of the legislative defects the judicial activities encounteredmany obstacles. The same cases which have different sentences in the same areasemerge endlessly. This paper adopts the method of the empirical research in sociologyof law extracting 203 civil judgments made by people's courts at different levelsthrough sampling, and through analyzing and studying the samples the problemsexisting in the current judicial practice of solving disputes on betrothal gifts arereported. In view of the legal problems presented in judicial practice the author putsforward relevant legislative suggestions, such as clarifying the legal status ofengagements and betrothal gifts, clarifying the range of betrothal gifts, introducingthe fault compensation liability system and so on. Considering the rigorousness of thelegislative process and the degree of slow legislation, the author puts forward someideas about the trials using the example of the People's Court of Jiang yan City inJiang su province forming the sentence opinions about solving disputes on betrothalgifts taking the prefecture-level city as the unit which developed gradually into thespecifications at the provincial level from municipal specifications solving thephenomenon of the same cases with different sentences in order to set up the judicialauthority.