Quality of Justice and Lay Participation in the Light of Scientific Studies

  • Attila BadóEmail author
Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 69)


The study reveals the relationship between lay participation and the quality of justice by collecting classic arguments establishing lay participation in dispensing justice and subjecting them to critical analysis. A considerable number of arguments show a strong correlation with the image of quality and democratic justice. However, in the case of lay judiciary forms, the relationship between the goals set forth in arguments and their enforcement in practice can be detected to a different extent, although generally in a more modest way compared to legislative intent. What form of lay judiciary operates in a legal system and how it operates are generally more determined by legal historical myths pertaining to the institution than to any policy aimed at developing the quality of justice.



This research was supported by the project no. EFOP-3.6.2-16-2017-00007, entitled Aspects on the development of intelligent, sustainable and inclusive society: social, technological, innovation networks in employment and digital economy. The project has been supported by the European Union, co-financed by the European Social Fund and Hungarian budgetary sources.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawInstitute of Comparative Law, University of SzegedSzegedHungary

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