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In their first ruling on the issue, all 15 justices on the Supreme Court found that the lay judge system introduced in May 2009 is constitutional.

“Constitutionally, there is no reason to interpret that citizens’ participation in the judiciary is forbidden,” the top court’s Grand Bench said Wednesday in its ruling, thus clarifying the legal status of the lay judge system, which is not directly stipulated in any provision of the supreme law.

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