Requirements and guarantees for the use of videoconference for the accused in Dutch criminal proceedings in comparative perspective

Requirements and guarantees for the use of videoconference for the accused in Dutch criminal proceedings in comparative perspective

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Summary

Through technological developments, legal systems increasingly apply videoconference in their criminal proceedings. Videoconference enables a direct video and audio connection between those involved in criminal proceedings. With the improvement of videoconference technology, it is more and more considered as a reasonable alternative to physical appearance.
The application of videoconference had in recent years already increased. The global COVID-19 pandemic prompted a heightened focus in the Netherlands as well as everywhere else in the world on the potential to hold criminal proceedings despite having to limit physical contact through the use of videoconference. This generated a need for further research for particularly its application for the accused, considering the implications for guaranteeing the rights of the accused and fundamental principles like immediacy and the public nature of a trial.
The main question of this research is:
“What can the Netherlands learn from national and international standards and practice of the use of videoconference for the accused with a view to its standardization and policy development in Dutch criminal legal practice?”

National and international standards and practice have been mapped out by researching the regulations and practices of the Netherlands, Italy, France, Canada, Switzerland, Germany and international and transnational criminal law.

Publication data

Author(s):
Hoon, A.M. de, Hirsch Ballin, M.F.H., Bollen, S.G.M.J.
Organization(s):
VU Amsterdam - Faculty of Law, WODC
Place of publication:
Amsterdam
Publisher:
VU Amsterdam - Faculty of Law
Year of publication:
2020

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