Judicial Yuan holds outdoor mock trial to promote citizen judges

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/27/2020
By: Lin Chang-shun and Kay Liu

Photo courtesy of the Judicial Yuan

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) The Judicial Yuan held its first outdoor mock trial in Tainan on Friday in a series of such events, which usually take place in a courtroom, to promote the incoming citizen judge system.

The mock trial held in front of the Madou Daitian Temple in the southern city comprised three judges from the Tainan District Court and six citizen judges chosen from among local residents, while students from National Tseng-Wen Agricultural and Industrial High School took on the role of prosecutors, the Judicial Yuan said in a statement released that day.

Before the mock trial began, Lin Hui-huang (林輝煌), secretary-general of the country's top judicial body, said that most citizens will have the chance of being selected as a citizen judge from 2023, and the ongoing series of mock trials is aimed at helping the public become familiar with the court process.

The case presented during Friday's mock trial involved a neighbors' quarrel that turned to violence, with one party being stabbed by the other, according to the statement.

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