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Japan and Civil Jury Trials: The Convergence of Forces

ISBN13: 9781783479184
Published: August 2015
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £70.00

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As societies around the world increasingly face complex challenges, effective solutions are at a premium. In response, reformers have advanced varied forms of jury systems as means of fostering positive political, economic, and social change. Many countries have recently integrated lay participation into their justice systems to effect fundamental societal change, advance public policymaking, and manifest popular sovereignty. This book showcases Japan's successes and challenges in recently adopting a quasi-jury system for serious criminal trials, and advocates that the convergence of various forces makes this an ideal time for Japan to expand lay participation into the civil realm.

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1. Welcoming Citizen Participation into Japan’s Justice System
2. The Great Debate: Introducing a Lay Judge System
3. Advancement of the Lay Judge System and Ongoing Challenges
4. Reforms Related to the Lay Judge System
5. Overcoming Challenges Facing the System
6. Expanding Lay Participation into the Civil Realm
7. Citizen Participation in Civil Trials can be Beneficial as Demonstrated by the Experiences of Other Countries
8. Global Proliferation of Lay Participation In Justice Systems
9. Civil Jury Trials in Okinawa – Local Illustration
10. Civil Lay Participation and State-Corporate Liability
11. Final Thoughts and Necessary Preparations