Trust the People or Business as Usual? An Examination of Lay Participation in the Japanese Criminal Justice System

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Abstract

This article discusses the two pillars of lay participation in the Japanese criminal justice system – the Prosecution Review Commission (Kensatsu Shinsakai) and the Lay Assessor’s System (Saiban-in). The author analyses these to examine whether these have indeed resulted in true lay participation in the criminal justice system. The article concludes that due to the structural limitations of the Prosecution Review Commission (Kensatsu Shinsakai) and the Lay Assessor’s System (Saiban-in), true lay participation in the criminal justice system is somewhat limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-87
JournalThe University of Western Australia Law Review
Volume42
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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