Japan gets Grand Juries

 
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 2:13 pm    Post subject: Japan gets Grand Juries Reply with quote

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restoring public trust after miscarriages of justice undermined a system that produces guilty verdicts 99.7 percent of the time in criminal trials. In addition to the grand juries, known in Japan as Prosecutorial Review Commissions, citizens will sit alongside professional judges in serious criminal cases, including rape and murder.


Prosecutors will no longer have complete control over who gets charged with a crime. They were effectively prejudging cases and only prosecuting those which could be won.

Juries of 11 citizens will now determine if a case should become a trial.

Article is also about a Japanese man trying to charge the police for negligence in planning an event which resulted in his son and about 10 others being crushed to death by a crowd. The prosecutors have refused to allow the case for years, now it will be jury decided.

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