Procedural Justice and the Assessment of Civil Justice in Japan

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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.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5893.2005.00247.x

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University, Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Japan

Publication date: December 1, 2005

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