• Kyodo


The Japan Federation of Bar Associations will launch a bail bond system as early as next July for cash-strapped defendants who lack the funds to post their own bail while awaiting a criminal trial, federation officials said Friday.

Under the new system, the Japan Lawyers Cooperative would act as guarantor and would post bail of up to ¥3 million for defendants. The cooperative also would have to submit to the court a written promise to pay the required amount should the defendant fail to fulfill the terms of the bail. The defendant would pay a nonrefundable fee of 2 percent of the bail paid.

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