Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

OSJCL Amici Board of Advisors

OSJCL Amici: Views from the Field

Citizens as Judges in Japan

Japan will begin implementing a number of “citizen-judges” in criminal cases beginning in May 2009. The system, which will allow panels of six citizens to question witnesses and determine verdicts and sentences, is being implemented in response to complaints that the current system’s 99% conviction rate provides a slight favoritism to the prosecution.



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