FAQ

February 24, 2016

What happens at oral argument?

Oral argument provides an opportunity for both parties to a lawsuit to present their cases before a judge. If either the plaintiff or the defendant fails to show up, either the complaint or the answer may be substituted for their argument. Any facts admitted to by both parties are considered as true, but any disputed facts must be proven through evidence. Normally both the plaintiff and the defendant will be represented by lawyers during the oral argument. After oral argument the judge may arrange further proceedings or issue a judgment immediately depending on how clear the facts of the case […]
February 24, 2016

How do you respond to a legal complaint in Japan?

Lawsuits begin with the plaintiff filing a complaint again the defendant. After receiving a copy of the complaint, the defendant must file an answer. The answer should be submitted to the court and to the opposing party and it should provide the defendant’s version of the facts of the case including what parts of the complaint the defendant disagrees with or believes are untrue.
February 24, 2016

How do you file a lawsuit in Japan?

A lawsuit in Japan starts with the filing of a complaint by the injured party. The complaint should be filed with a court that has jurisdiction over the case and should state certain critical components of the case, such as what the complaining party is asking for and why, as well as listing any evidence that supports the claim.
February 24, 2016

What happens at the rendition of judgment?

After all the evidence has been presented and all the witnesses heard, the judge will call an end to the oral argument. He or she will then set a date for the rendition of judgment. At this hearing the judge will read from the main text of the judgment deciding the outcome of the case.