A government council on judicial reforms unveiled an interim report Monday that proposes drastic legal changes — such as boosting the number of judicial personnel and allowing regular citizens to play a more pivotal role in trials.

But while the paper, presented to officials at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence later in the day, sorted out the basic ideals and pointed the direction reforms should take, thorny issues such as whether the jury system should be reinstated were left for the final report, expected out in June 2001.

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