Andrew Krinsky, a partner in Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Litigation Practice, was recently interviewed about the jury system in the United States by the New York correspondent for Amarena, a Japanese lifestyle magazine.
The adoption of a limited jury system in Japan in May 2009 has stimulated interest in how juries work in other countries. Professional judges previously decided all cases, but under the new system, citizen jurors hear testimony and determine the facts in serious criminal cases. Because Japan has a strong tradition of respect for authority from on high, the broader use of juries marks a major change for Japanese society. Mr. Krinsky’s remarks in Amarena addressed the cultural issues involved in a system of citizen jurors.
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