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Japanese Society and Lay Participation in Criminal Justice: Social Attitudes, Trust, and Mass Media

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ISBN13: 9789811003370
To be Published: November 2018
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £109.99

This book describes the state of the lay participation system in criminal justice, saiban-in seido, in Japanese society.

Starting with short descriptions of the outlines of lay participation in the Japanese criminal justice system, the book deals with the questions of what the lay participants think about the system after their participation, how the general public evaluate the system, whether the introduction of lay participation has promoted trust in the justice system in Japan, and the foci of Japanese society’s interest in the lay participation system. To answer these questions, the author utilizes data obtained from social surveys of actual participants and of the general public.

The book also explores the results of quantitative text analyses of newspaper articles. With those data, the author describes how Japanese society evaluates the implementation of the system and discusses whether the system promotes democratic values in Japan.

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Other Jurisdictions , Japan
Introduction: Lay Participation in the Criminal Justice System in Japan
Part I: Social Attitudes Towards the Lay Participation System in Japan
Ch.1 On a Social Survey Conducted by the Courts, Answered by Lay Participants
Ch.2 Social Attitudes of the General Public
2.1Survey Results of Public Attitudes
2.2 Relation Between Individuals' Personalities and Attitudes
Part II: The Lay Participation System in Japan and Trust in the Justice System
Ch.3 Social Survey of the Relation Between Trust Generally and Trust in the Justice System
Ch.4 Changes in the Factors That Determined Trust in the Justice System Before and After the Introduction of the System
Part III: The Lay Participation System in Society: Newspaper Text Analyses in the Evaluation of the System
5 Related Matters and Their Chronological Changes in Their Portrayal by Major Newspapers
Part IV: General Discussion of What the Japanese Public Think About the Lay Participation System