Saiban In Seido: Lost in Translation?
Japan plans to reintroduce a jury system in 2009. While most law review articles to date have focussed on the particular procedures of the proposed system as well as the implications of introducing a jury system in a stereotypically passive culture, this article proposes that the source of power underlying the proposed system will ultimately determine its fate. In short, for the proposed lay assessor system to achieve its goal of promoting democracy, its power must derive from the people rather than the government. Furthermore, Japan must consider fundamental changes to its criminal justice system so that its lay assessor system may oversee a system that itself promotes democracy.
Douglas G. Levin. 2008. "Saiban In Seido: Lost in Translation?" ExpressO
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