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Judge Watanabe to lecture on use of lay judges in Japan for criminal cases

October 25, 2012


DETROIT — Japanese Judge Mitsuaki Watanbe will present a free public lecture at Wayne State University Law School at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 5 in the third-floor faculty lounge. Lunch will be provided.
The judge’s lecture, titled “An Introduction to the Actual Circumstances of the Saiban-in System,” will be about the system in Japan where lay judges, selected from the public, participate in trial proceedings for serious criminal cases. The system has been in place since May 2009.
Watanabe is here as part of a special arrangement by Wayne Law, the Third Circuit Court of Michigan and the Supreme Court of Japan. The arrangement, which began in 2007, provides for a judge from the Japanese judicial system to visit Michigan to research and study the American judicial system, with a special emphasis on Michigan trial courts.
“We are pleased to welcome Judge Watanabe for this lecture,” said Wayne Law Dean Robert Ackerman. “This leading Japanese jurist will offer an interesting legal perspective to our students.”
 For more details, contact the Law School Dean’s Office at 313-577-3933.

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