The article presents a critical examination of the evolution of Japan's twin systems of lay participation in legal decision-making. It reviews the first year performance of the lay judge system, examining conviction rates, quasi-juror representative disparities, and the types of crimes adjudicated. It offers suggestions and recommendations to improve the performance of both quasi-jury and grand jury systems.
Japan's Quasi-Jury and Grand Jury Systems as Deliberative Agents of Social Change: De-Colonial Strategies and Deliberative Participatory Democracy,
Chi.-Kent. L. Rev.
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