A government bill on judicial reform to be submitted to the current Diet session stipulates a maximum penalty of one year in prison or 500,000 yen in fines for lay judges who fail to observe confidentiality.

Another law will also be revised to raise the penalty for members of committees for the inquest of prosecution for leaking trial secrets from the current maximum fine of 10,000 yen to the same penalty as for the lay judges, according to an outline of the bill obtained by Kyodo News. Lay judges will be voters who are asked to hear criminal trials along with professional judges.

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