Digital information in criminal proceedings

Criminal justice proceedings / Legal proceedings

Digital information in criminal proceedings

The need to change laws on criminal procedure (full text only available in Dutch)


This research aims to contribute to the modernisation of the Dutch Code of Criminal Procedure. Criminal procedures are digitalised more and more. Information is more often available in a digital form and work processes are becoming increasingly more digital too. It is considered desirable to promote and advance digitalisation further. The modernised code should not constitute impediments to attain this goal. The Dutch Minister of Justice and Security has taken the position that the code should be as technology-neutral as possible. Our research has found an answer to the question whether the current Code of Criminal Procedure contains such obstacles and, if so, how they can be removed. However, not all aspects of criminal procedure have been examined. The research was based on the starting point that information becomes available during the criminal proceedings. This means, for instance, that the rules on investigative powers has not been taken into consideration. This research has focused on three main themes: (1) the forms that digital information can take, (2) the way in which digital information is processed and how one can take cognizance of such information, and (3) the use of digitally available information as evidence.

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Wilde, B. de, Hingh, A. de , Lodder, A.R.
Vrije Universiteit - Faculty of Law, WODC
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Vrije Universiteit - Faculty of Law
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