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Many people are critical of Japan's so-called "hostage justice" system. Which country's justice system comes closest to your ideal?

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How to measure this?

If a low crime rate is the goal, then perhaps Japan's system isn't so bad.

If money made by lawyers is the measure, then... well I think we can guess.

I guess a system that can be described as open and not hidden is best. And so back to my first question, how to measure that?

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Saudi Arabia.

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Actually I trust none, so I follow the rules and never see inside a jail cell. Technically we are not all free.

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Northern European countries seem to have a good system.

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The US.

The UK system releases individuals early they fully knows are dangerous to the public, as seen in recent street attacks. Canada releases criminals "on good behavior" after serving a small fraction of their sentences. If they're in jail, they should be behaving! If not, then extend their sentences.

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The UK, US, Australia, Germany....you know, pretty much any first world country....

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As a general rule the systems rooted in Common Law tend to strive to be open and as just as humanly possible, they have an inbuilt emphasis on the rights of the individual. Those based on Civil Law are based on Roman Jurisprudence via the Code Napoleon, both systems originated in a dictatorship and are very state orientated, the individual is there to serve the state rather than the other way round. Having said that they have over time been adjusted and amended to better reflect the needs of democratic societies, at least where the societies have become democratic.

In the final analysis no system is perfect as the humans administering it are by their nature fallible.

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Is the a single reader of JapanToday knowledgeable enough about all the various justices systems of the world to select one that comes close to their ideal? I've studied quite a few, but absolutely cannot answer this question.

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Which specific country? Let's just say, a country with a truly democratic justice system where a person is not guilty until proven innocent.

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Holland

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My impression is that if I was a violent criminal, I would want to be tried in most European countries where the defendant is coddled and there is no death sentence. There was a mass-murder in Finland? and I read that the guy was able to walk outside frequently and play video games even after murdering many innocent victims. Anywhere is Asia would suck, and Africa I doubt you would make it to trial alive.

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Having served on a jury in Australia, on paper and usually in practice, Australia's criminal law justice system is pretty good. Civil... well, there's plenty of room for improvement due to the high cost of civil actions and length of time that can drag on.

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The US is good... on paper. The British one seems better in practice, or at least was until they stopped legal aid for poor people

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A system that allows the accused open access to all information the prosecution has, has access to a lawyer, and is not kept captive until the prosecution builds a case against the accused; a system that assumes the accused is innocent until actual proof (not merely a confession) shows otherwise.

Does such a system exist that is also not corrupt in some way? Don’t know, but I know of several who strive for it.

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Many people are critical of Japan's so-called "hostage justice" system.

They should be.

Which country's justice system comes closest to your ideal?

Both the British and Canadian ones

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