The National Police Agency has joined discussions with related offices about the types of criminal procedures to be used when the lay judge system is introduced in May 2009. The other offices are the Supreme Court, the Justice Ministry, the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

Investigators’ tendency to rely heavily on suspects’ confessions, which often lead to false charges, will be an important topic. The NPA has joined the talks as an observer, but it should cooperate in making the process of getting confessions transparent.

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