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ABF Book Reception: Juries, Lay Judges, and Mixed Courts: A Global Perspective

  • When: November 11, 2021, 4–5 pm
  • Where: Hybrid: Virtual/In-Person (ABF Woods Room)

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Join the American Bar Foundation as we celebrate Juries, Lay Judges, and Mixed Courts: A Global Perspective, published by Cambridge University Press and co-edited by Sanja Kutnjak IvkovicShari Seidman DiamondValerie Hansand Nancy S. Marder.

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Although most countries around the world use professional judges, they also rely on lay citizens, untrained in the law, to decide criminal cases. Juries, Lay Judges, and Mixed Courts provides the first comparative world view of the many ways countries around the world have embraced, retrenched, or reformed the ways in which they use ordinary citizens in legal decision-making, with in-depth analyses of different approaches taken by countries from Argentina and Spain to Russia and South Korea. 

This book considers why some countries give ordinary citizens a decision-making role and explores how the inclusion of ordinary citizens helps to incorporate community perspectives and provides greater legitimacy for the legal system and its verdicts.  

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