Should political parties appoint judges?

8:42 min

A controversial ruling in a district court has sparked a debate about the lay judges at the Swedish courts.

"We have had problems with lay judges in several cases over the last few years. And that is bad for the courts and the judicial system, because you have to be able to rely on them. The use of lay judges, in the way it is, does not work any longer," says Bengt Ivarsson, lawyer and former president of the Swedish Bar Association.

But Anders Lindberg, political editor of the left-leaning daily Aftonbladet does not agree.

"When politicians do mistakes or make funny decisions, you don't abolish democracy. In the same way, the laymen system is not at fault here," he says.


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