Procedural justice and the assessment of civil justice in Japan

Ken Ichi Ohbuchi, Ikuo Sugawara, Kazuhiko Teshigahara, Kei Ichiro Imazai

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Abstract

In analyzing the data from a structured interview survey with Japanese litigants of civil trials, we examined the relationships between their perceptions of outcomes and process of the trials, responses to the trials, and evaluation of the judicial system. The results showed that both favorability of trial outcomes and procedural fairness of trials increased satisfaction with the trial outcomes and evaluation of the judicial system. Satisfaction was largely determined by perceived favorability, while the evaluation of the judicial system was largely determined by perceived procedural fairness, suggesting a justice bond effect that justice fortifies people's societal commitment. Consistent with procedural justice theories, the perception of procedural fairness was increased by the sense of control and the appraisal of relational factors, though both were affected by favorability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)875-892
Number of pages18
JournalLaw and Society Review
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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