Democracy in the Courts examines lay participation in the administration of justice and how it reflects certain democratic principles. An international comparative perspective is taken for exploring how lay people are involved in the trial of criminal cases in European countries and how this impacts on their perspectives of the national legal systems. Comparisons between countries are made regarding how and to what extent lay participation takes place and the relation between lay participation and the legal system's legitimacy is analyzed. Presenting the results of interviews with both professional judges and lay participants in a number of European countries regarding their views on the involvement of lay people in the legal system, this book explores the ways in which judges and lay people interact while trying cases, examining the characteristics of both professional and lay judging of cases. Providing an important analysis of practice, this book will be of interest to academics, legal scholars and practitioners alike.

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages


chapter Chapter 2|20 pages

Citizen Participation as a Form of Democracy

chapter Chapter 3|26 pages

Lay Adjudication in European Countries

chapter Chapter 5|24 pages

The Netherlands: The Involvement of Honorary Judges

chapter Chapter 6|24 pages

Expert Participation in Dutch Procedures

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages


chapter Chapter 8|18 pages


chapter Chapter 9|20 pages

England and Wales

chapter Chapter 10|18 pages


chapter Chapter 11|24 pages