Is Mexico Ready for a Jury Trial?: Comparative Analysis of Lay Justice Systems in Mexico, the United States, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Ireland

Hiroshi Fukurai, Clark Robert Knudtson, Susan Irene Lopez

Abstract

This article examines the possible re-establishment of the jury system in Mexico and explores its broader application in criminal trials. Viable options might include: the use of a “verdict questionnaire” in the form of a list of propositions answered by the jury; vigorous strategies to ensure the security and safety of judges and jurors from defendants involved in drug cartels; introduction of lay participation at a state level; and implementation of a mixed tribunal that allows joint deliberations by professional and lay judges, in addition to all-citizen juries.

Keywords

Jury; lay participation in law; judicial reforms; mixed tribunals; direct democracy

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