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Wayne Law to Host Visiting Japanese Judge for March 25 Lecture

March 11, 2009

DETROIT (March 11, 2009) – Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce a lecture by Judge Daisuke Takahara of the Tokyo District Court at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in the third floor faculty lounge of the Law School. His lecture is titled “The Start of the Japanese-Style Jury System.”

“We are pleased to welcome Judge Takahara to the Law School for this lecture,” said Wayne Law Dean and Professor Robert M. Ackerman. “I look forward to hearing his views regarding the impending re-introduction of a jury system into Japanese courts.”

Beginning in May, Japan plans on incorporating a jury system into its criminal courts by allowing six citizens to hear trials alongside three judges. This change to the country’s court system comes more than 60 years after Japan’s government abolished an American-style jury system that was in place in Japan for 15 years. Touted as potentially having a revolutionizing effect on the rest of Asia, the introduction of a jury system in Japan has been met with both praise and uncertainty by the country’s lawyers and citizens.

In 2007, Wayne Law, the Third Circuit Court of Michigan, and the Supreme Court of Japan announced that a judge from the Japanese judicial system would visit Michigan to research and study the American judicial system each year thereafter, with a special emphasis on Michigan trial courts. 

As this year’s representative, Judge Takahara has been studying the American courts while assigned to the Wayne County's 3rd Circuit Court. The 29-year-old judge has also explored the jury system with visits to Oakland County's 6th Circuit Court where he has examined juror questionnaires, studied how the jury pool works and witnessed the voir dire process in action.

Judge Takahara was appointed to the Tokyo District Court as a judge in October 2004. He received his training as a legal apprentice from the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court. He also received a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Waseda.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided and parking is available for $3.50 in parking structure #1 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street. For more information regarding this event, please contact the Law School Dean’s Office at (313) 577-3933.

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