The court destroyed the record of the lawsuit filed by the parents of a female university student in Okegawa City, Saitama Prefecture, who accused the police of inadequate response to the murder of a female university student in Saitama Prefecture, which triggered the enactment of the stalking regulation law. I understand.
The court said, "Because the retention period has expired."
In 1999, Shiori Ino (then 21), a female university student in Okegawa City, was stalked and murdered. filed a lawsuit against the county for damages.
Both the first and second trials admitted negligence, such as not sufficiently investigating the harassment of the victim, but regarding the murder, "it was difficult to recognize that the danger was imminent." Judging that, he did not acknowledge the responsibility of the police, and then confirmed it.
Regarding the record of this trial, it turned out that the Saitama District Court had discarded it in February 2012.
The reason for the disposal is "because the storage period has expired."
It is said that records of civil trials that have attracted the attention of society can be permanently preserved as "special preservation".
However, there have been a series of cases where the paper has been discarded or left without a decision as to whether it should be "specially preserved". If the judgment is reported in a national newspaper, a new standard has been established to treat it as "special preservation", and currently other courts are also operating according to this.
Ino's father ``Doubts and anger about Japan's justice system''
Regarding the destruction of the court records, Ino's father, Kenichi, said, "I think that the records of this trial are an asset that the public will want to make known to the world. They should be preserved as materials for future generations. , I wonder if it's okay to dispose of it without contacting me.I have doubts and anger against the Japanese judiciary."