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Japanese Judge Program Announced

July 23, 2007

Wayne State University Law School, the Third Circuit Court of Michigan, and the Supreme Court of Japan have announced that a judge from the Japanese judicial system will visit Michigan to research and study the American judicial system, with a special emphasis on Michigan trial courts, in 2007-2008.  This milestone agreement is a result of the collaborative efforts of the WSU Office of International Students and Scholars.

The Supreme Court of Japan will select one judge through a competitive process and that judge will be in residence in the fall and winter semesters at the Law School and at the Court. 

The designated judge will study the Circuit Court’s Civil Division and the Domestic Relations Section of the Family Division, observe the Court’s Jury Services and Case Processing Departments and the operations of the Mediation Tribunal Association.  Additionally, the judge will study the Court’s Criminal Division, tour the Wayne County Jail, and conduct an overview of the Pretrial Services, Drug Court, and Probation Departments.

The judge will also lecture in one of the courses at the Wayne State University Law School and be available to students and faculty to discuss his or her research.  The Law School will also receive copies of the judge’s research findings and study.

It is anticipated that this program will be on-going, enhancing the curriculum of various international law courses and seminars, including Comparative Law.

Chief Judge Mary Beth Kelly and Third Circuit Court Administrator Bernard J. Kost were pleased to enter into the agreement on behalf of the Court. 

Dean Frank H. Wu of the Law School said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our Law School. The law, whether in practice, judicial decision-making, or academic research, has become global. The Japanese courts have had a long standing association with the city of Detroit, and it is wonderful that our students will benefit from exposure to a leading Japanese jurist every year.”

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