The punitive administration
- Place of publication:
- The Hague
- Year of publication:
- Justitiële verkenningen 2005/06
The September 2005 issue of Judicial Explorations focuses on punishment in the Netherlands and how this is increasingly taking place outside the Courts. On the one hand this involves administrative bodies that issue fines. Some sixty laws in 2005 alone stipulate an administrative fine as a settlement option. But there are other ways to bypass the Court, for instance by assigning the Public Prosecutor’s Office autonomous sanction authority subject to certain restrictions and conditions. In early 2005 the Lower House adopted the bill on settlement options by the Public Prosecution Service. The differences with the Public Prosecution out-of-court settlement powers introduced previously are also explained in this issue. The issue further discusses the possible implications of the introduction of the settlement by the Public Prosecution Service in respect of the legal protection by, openness and powers of the Public Prosecution Service and the police.