Monday, September 29, 2008

"Court surveys companies over lay judge system

"Ahead of next May's planned introduction of the lay judge system, the Tokyo District Court has begun surveying various companies on the possible impact of the system in the workplace and the type of obstacles likely to be faced by employees should they be chosen to act as citizen judges, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

"The move is aimed at gathering information needed to assess the extent to which people will be able to refuse serving as a citizen judge, officials from the court said.

"The accumulated data and information will be stored in a database for future reference.

"Citizen judges will be chosen from a list of potential candidates drawn from among eligible voters. However, people can refuse to serve as a lay judge if they cite serious disruption to their work or personal life. Professional judges will decide whether to accept the reasons for the refusal."

By Yomiuri Shimbun (9/25/2008), Link to article (last visited 9/29/2008)

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