Here’s an article from yesterday’s Washington Post about Judge Reggie Walton’s practice of allowing jurors to propose questions for witnesses. The article includes this survey of the legal landscape:
In federal court, judges have the authority to allow jurors to query witnesses, though the practice remains uncommon. In recent years, the procedure has gained traction in academic circles and has been occurring with more frequency in state courts, legal experts say.
Hhhmmm. What justice system with extensive experience allowing lay factfinders to propose questions for witnesses isn’t covered by that summary?