First Deaf man selected as lay judge at trial, provided with interpreting

January 31, 2012

The lay judge trial on the body injury and robbery case was opened in the Maebashi District Court in Gumma Prefecture, and it turned out that a Deaf man was chosen as the lay judge. He has participated in trial with sign-language interpreting.

There is an example that a Deaf person was chosen as a supplement lay judge and attended the trial with note taking in the Nara District Court in May, 2010. it is reported that the lay judge trial with sign-language interpreting is the first in the whole country.

According to the Maebashi district court, the Deaf man was one of 52 persons who received the summons in December, last year.  He was chosen as the lay judge with other five persons in the selection procedure on January 30.

The Deaf man had notified that he was Deaf in advance, and four interpreters whom the court arranged interpreted for him by turns at the trial which started on that day.

The Lay Judges Act stated that as long as there is "no trouble remarkable to job execution," the person with disability is also a candidate for the lay judge.

According to the Supreme Court, there was a case that the person who was visually impaired participated in trial with Braille translation.

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