South Korea held its first-ever trial by jury Tuesday as part of reform measures aimed at promoting confidence in the judicial system. A nine-member jury at the district court in Daegu heard the case of a 27-year-old man accused of assaulting a 70-year-old woman while trying to rob her house. By South Korean law, jury findings are nonbinding, with the final verdict still resting in the hands of a judge as in the past. Juries will be used at the request of defendants in some criminal cases.
South Korea Holds Its First-Ever Trial by Jury as Part of Judiciary Reforms
The Associated Press
February 12, 2008