The case of the so-called Södertälje Network has to be retried because of a problem with a lay judge, Image: Lotta Jarlsdotter/Scanpix
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Less than half support political judges: poll

A new survey suggests that less than half of Swedes support the current system of lay judges. Under the current system, the judges, who have no legal training, are picked by political parties.

The system has recently come under fire after a retrial was ordered for this country’s most expensive criminal investigation ever, because of a conflict of interest in a lay judge, and two lay judges scheduled for the retrial resigned because of similar concerns.

The Sifo poll reveals that only 48 percent of Swedes want to keep the system. Twenty-five percent want to change it, and the rest are undecided. The survey was based on 1000 telephone interviews.

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