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Over 90,000 Japanese Have Served as Lay Judges in 10 Years

Over 90,000 Japanese Have Served as Lay Judges in 10 Years

   Tokyo, May 15 (Jiji Press)--More than 90,000 Japanese people have served as lay judges or supplementary lay judges since the introduction of the system in May 2009, a Supreme Court survey showed Wednesday.
   Over the past 10 years, a total of some 12,000 defendants have received sentences after lay judge trials.
   The sentences handed down after such trials tended to be more severe than those decided at trials involving only professional judges. Meanwhile, the proportion of rulings for suspended terms was greater in lay judge trials.
   The lay judge system in Japan is aimed at reflecting public views in court judgements. Such judges, selected from among people aged 20 or older, handle serious cases with the assistance of professional judges and decide sentences.
   Under the system, the judging panel comprises three professional judges and six lay judges, with supplementary lay judges available as replacements.

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