Jul 1, 2014

Say no to plea bargaining

The biggest problem with plea bargaining, which a special legislative panel has recommended introducing into Japan's criminal investigative process, is the possibility that a suspect will make false confessions for a lesser punishment or wrongly implicate a person who has nothing to do with ...

Mar 10, 2014

China chalks up staggering 99.93% conviction rate

Chinese courts logged only 825 acquittals among the nearly 1.16 million verdicts they issued last year, the Supreme People’s Court said Monday, giving the Communist country a conviction rate of 99.93 percent. In a report to the annual session of the Communist Party-controlled National ...

Jun 11, 2013

Group targets miscarriages of justice

by Tomohiro Osaki

Seven months after Nepalese Govinda Prasad Mainali was last year acquitted of a 1997 robbery-murder of a Tokyo woman, his supporters launched a new civic organization to call for eradication of wrongful convictions, which they claim are still rampant in the legal system. The ...

Apr 10, 2013

Loosen the lay judge gag

It is disappointing that a Justice Ministry review panel so far doesn't give strong support to the idea of loosening the gag order imposed on lay judges.