Studying Lay-Jury Systems Around the World: The Case of Japan’s Saiban-In (81533)

Session Information: Politics and Social History
Session Chair: Yusuke Ishikawa

Saturday, 25 May 2024 10:20
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Across the globe, a growing number of countries have evolved their legal ‘finders-of-fact’ to include citizens serving in the role of lay-judges. While this emerging trend has taken a variety of forms, often expressed through country specific protocols, it has generally been understood to consider concepts of local justice and enhance citizen participation in the criminal justice system. In addition to advancing democratically grounded civic engagement, the use of lay-judges has also resulted in several distinct challenges, some culturally specific and others more generalizable in manifestation.

This paper discusses the evolution of lay-jury systems throughout the world by examining distinct dynamics, to include origins and rationales for various emerging systems, with a focus on democratic societies. Attempts to study this phenomenon will be examined, noting insights and challenges innate to such research. Next, the case of Japan’s saiban-in system, implemented in 2009, will be examined as an example of a newly minted lay-judge system, to include some of its unanticipated challenges. Multiple waves of data collection (n=50) reporting public response dynamics will provide insights into how Japan’s saiban-in system has been understood and received by its citizenry. Finally, current trends and a future research agenda will be identified.

William Crawley, University of West Florida, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Crawley is a prolific researcher and author, sharing his work at more than 60 symposia and conferences. He has lectured at universities in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

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