Under the lay judge system to be introduced in May, roughly half the people nationwide registered on the list of candidates will likely be summoned by district courts for interviews as possible candidates, according to an estimate released Sunday.
The Supreme Court sent letters Friday to 295,027 people to notify them that they have been selected as initial candidates for lay judges and may take part in trials for serious crimes in the next year.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Lay Judges in Japan -- Expected Rate of Participation
Japan Times Online (Dec. 1, 2008):