Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Category: Colin Jones

  • Japan’s Supreme Court finds lay participation in criminal trials constitutional

    On November 16, 2011 Japan’s Supreme Court ruled that the country’s new “saiban’in” system of citizen participation in serious criminal trials was constitutional. Issued unanimously by all fifteen of the court’s judges sitting en banc as a Grand Bench, this ruling effectively eliminates any constitutional doubts about the system which may have lingered after it commenced operations in May of 2009.