GIFU (Kyodo) A lay judge involved in an indecent assault trial says the new system should be abolished or a registration system should be introduced for people who want to serve on the bench.

“I don’t like a system that summons us to court and restricts our individual freedom,” the 60-year-old company manager said. On the confidentiality imposed on lay judges, he said: “It’s strange to summon amateurs and instruct them not to speak, even though the proceedings are conducted in open court.”

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