Since 1943, trials in Japan have been determined by either a single judge or a panel of three judges. In 1009, Japan reinstated its jury trial system, allowing the public to have an adjudicating role in the criminal trial system for the first time in over 60 years. The Embassy of Japan and the United States District Court present a series of three seminars addressing US and Japanese jury trial systems.
The seminars will be presented at the Federal District Courts in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The presenters are:
- Robert Mitsuhiro Takasugi – Senior Federal District Court Judge (overview of the American jury trial process).
- Takahiro Nonaka – Tokyo District C0urt Judge (Concept and plans for the Japanese jurist system).
- Rich Young, Partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP
- Jeff Brooke, Partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP