Deaf person becomes the first lay judge in Aomori Prefecture

 March 27, 2013

At the lay judge trial of the injury resulting from rape on which judgment was given in the Aomori District Court on the morning of March 26, the Deaf man in his 50's acted as the lay judge for the first time in Aomori Prefecture.

He participated in discussions and a trial through sign-language interpreting, meanwhile prosecutors and the defense counsel also talked slowly, etc.

The Deaf man said at the press conference after judgment, "I did not want to do not much at first, but I as a Deaf person got the opportunity to have social participation and was glad about what I did."

He also mentioned, "A legal term completely differs from daily conversation in sign language. I read and studied the sign language related to a trial term in advance. "

Japanese source:
http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2013/20130327083109.asp?fsn=eb33f76037153e93cde084f7e7644d6f

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