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Judges, Lay: The constitutional law provides for the participation of
Jurors and lay judges, who have no legal qualifications, in criminal
proceedings. They are chosen from electoral registers by means of
random sampling. Lay judges in case of proceedings in juvenile courts
must be teachers or educators. Every citizen with a clean criminal
record from the age of 25 to 65 years is obliged to act as an unpaid
lay judge. If this obligation constitutes an excessive burden, the law
provides for an exemption.
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