Prosecutors may choose not to submit defendants' confessions to courts
Thursday, August 16, 2007

TOKYO — The Supreme Public Prosecutors Office has worked out draft guidelines that offer prosecutors the choice of not submitting defendants' confessions to courts as evidence in criminal trials, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
The guidelines drafted ahead of the launch of a lay judge system in 2009 say, "There could be a choice of not submitting confessional documents that are problematic regarding their voluntariness or credibility," adding that if citizen judges have doubts about confessions, it would deal a blow to the new trial system, the sources said. (Kyodo News)