Just a formality? Frequency, organisation and practice of pro forma hearings
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- Dubelaar, M., Leusden, R. van, Voorde, J. ten, Wingerden, S. van
- Leiden University - Faculty of Law, WODC
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- Leiden University - Faculty of Law
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This study is oriented on the practice of pro forma hearings. In a strict sense, the pro forma hearing is a hearing in a criminal case which is held for the purpose of conforming to pre‐trial custody terms. The law prescribes that a case in which the suspect is being held in pre‐trial custody the trial must start within 104 days, or that the suspect must be released.
The research question is as follows: With which frequency are pro forma hearings held at district courts and courts of appeal and what is the organization and practice of pro forma hearings at these courts?
- Universiteit Leiden, Faculteit der rechtsgeleerdheid/FSW