Does the shoe fit? The expedited proceedings-ground in practice
Evaluation into the Act on the extension of the grounds for pre-trial detention (full text only available in Dutch)
- Lindeman, J.M.W., Lent, L. van, Vorm, B. van der, Smits, I.C.
- University Utrecht - Montaigne Centre for Rule of Law and Administration of Justice, WODC
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This report holds the evaluation into the ‘Act on the extension of the grounds for pre-trial detention’ (Wet Uitbreiding gronden voorlopige hechtenis, Wugvh) in the Netherlands. The purpose of the Act is ‘to extend the possibilities for the application of pre-trial detention in the event of violence in the public domain and violence against public officials, with a view to a speedy trial of the suspect’ (Explanatory Memorandum, p. 1).
The purpose of our study was to examine to what extent the ‘expedited proceed-ings-ground’ (snelrechtgrond) introduced by this Act contributes to a swift response to crimes committed in places accessible to the public and/or committed against public officials. The research consisted of (i) literature research, (ii) desk research, (iii) semi-structured interviews among examining judges, judges, public prosecu-tors and criminal defence lawyers, (iv) an online survey among examining judges and (v) an expert meeting with a judge and three public prosecutors.
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