Lithuania considers introducing a 'people's jury'

  • 2007-01-15
  • By TBT staff
VILNIUS - A group of parliamentarians is seeking a referendum on whether to establish a people's jury in Lithuania.
According to the Kauno Diena daily newspaper, a draft resolution on announcing a referendum on the participation of public representatives in judicial activities has been registered and already debated in Parliament.
According to those who drafted the resolution, the concept of lay judges participating in the judicial system exists in almost all European Union countries. They say that "society does not trust courts, sees them as corrupt institutions, the judiciary is growing apart from society," and therefore the presence of a people's jury may help to solve the problems related with judicial activities.
The draft resolution will be deliberated by parliament at its plenary meeting.