The new Macedonian concept of lay judges and their role in the criminal procedure

Nanev, Lazar and Buzarovska - Lazetik, Gordana (2012) The new Macedonian concept of lay judges and their role in the criminal procedure. Iustinianus Primus Law Review, 3 (5). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1857-8683

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Abstract

Abstract The participation of citizens in criminal procedure as a part of mixed trial councils is a concept existing in almost all European countries, although there are diverging opinions on the quality and real contribution that can be expected from lay judges. One has to agree with the findings that the participation of lay judges reflects the role of citizens’ involvement, as well as citizens’ access to justice as an important and essential component of a democratic society. The modest purpose of this paper is to present the dilemmas related to the criteria for selection of lay judges and their role in the criminal procedure as determined by the legislative provisions on one side, and lay judges’ perception of their position during the proceedings, on another side. It is also important to evaluate the domestic legislation in the light of the recommendations deriving from the European Charter for lay judges. Finally, the paper aims to present research conclusions and to give recommendations on the system of lay judges, having in mind the newly adopted amendments on the Law on courts. Equally, it aims to reconsider the participation of lay judges when the most complicated crimes are tried. Key words: lay judges, Republic of Macedonia.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Law
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Lazar Nanev
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2013 07:44
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2013 07:45
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/7039

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