Jury Trials in Japan
Professor Robert Bloom at Boston College Law School posted "Jury Trials in Japan." Professor Bloom discusses the current efforts in Japan to institute the jury system and expresses some skepticism about how effective the jury system will turn out to be in Japan. Japan and Korea are both in the process of introducing two major legal reforms. One is the jury trial, which I mused about here, and the other is the law school system (some background information here and here and here). The idea behind both proposals, in both Japan and Korea, seems to be to enhance the legitimacy of the legal system through democratization by opening up both the legal profession and the process of legal decisionmaking to more people.