There are about 11,000 Deaf adults in the prefecture as of the end of March, 2009.
The lay judges law allows one to refuse to become a lay judge because of disability. In the case, due to the disability at the extent to degree that causes such a remarkable obstacle that he/she cannot perform the duty as a lay judge.
Toshiaki Manabe, Senior Secretary of the Kagoshima district court, explained the obligation to keep secrets, impartiality and neutrality imposed on the lay judge.
He also advised, "When the interpreter is not present in time, or defendant's testimony or terms of law are not understood, you may stop to confirm it and understand, because it is important to tell the fact accurately".
One of the interpreters said after the workshop, "This workshop gave us a clear picture of the lay judges system, and the effort of the court for a comprehensible trial was able to notice. We will communicate with each other closely while continuing independent study, and to make a better interpreting environment".
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