Supreme Court Says Lay Judge System Working Well

Supreme Court says lay judge system working well

Japan's Supreme Court has released a report saying that the lay judge system has largely worked well since it was launched a decade ago.

The system, which will mark its 10th anniversary next Tuesday, has so far handled 12,000 cases, with about 90,000 citizens taking part as lay judges.

The report includes results of questionnaires filled in by about 64,000 former lay judges until the end of last year.

Over 95 percent of respondents each year said their experience was good or excellent.

More than 70 percent of the respondents each year said they had satisfactory discussions with court judges in the run-up to verdicts.

The report says that the system generally worked well thanks to the people's understanding and cooperation, as well as participation by a wide range of the public.

It added that the system still has kinks to work out in order to get lay judges' views to be better reflected in court proceedings.