Firms OK with lay judge system / Most companies surveyed provide employees with paid leave
Ninety percent of 30 firms that have had employees participate in the lay judge system felt their employees' involvement in the trials did not hinder their business, a Yomiuri Shimbun survey has shown.
Employees from the 27 firms served as regular lay judges, auxiliary lay judges, or were a nominee not chosen to serve as a judge. More than 90 percent of the firms surveyed said they grant employees special leave if they are selected as a lay judge.
One hundred major companies in various sectors were polled in July and August, with 88 firms responding. …