Saturday, November 21, 2009

Selection of Supreme Court Justices

"Hoping to dispel criticism of exclusionary practices in its process of selecting candidates for Supreme Court justices, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations is revising its rules to include more lawyers from rural areas.

"Starting next spring, the federation will allow individual lawyers to make recommendations for prospective Supreme Court justices, provided they gather nominations from 50 other lawyers.

"Currently, lawyers must be recommended by one of the nation's 52 bar associations. Most lawyers on the top court bench were selected from bar associations in Tokyo and Osaka."

By Asahi Shimbun (11/19/2009), Link to article (last visited 11/21/2009)

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