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Pre-trial Detention in the Netherlands

Legal Principles Versus Practical Reality

Paperback Engels 2016 9789462366879
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The use of pre-trial detention has been criticized and debated frequently in Europe, and especially in the Netherlands. Questions are raised whether pre-trial detention is used too often and whether the practice of pre-trial detention is in line with standards set by the ECtHR.

This research on pre-trial detention in the Netherlands is part of a broader EU wide research project on the application of pre-trial detention in a selected number of EU member states. Goal of the research project is collecting information on the legal framework on pre-trial detention and its application in practice in a selection of member states. This in order to inform the debate on the European level on the necessity of EU-legislation in this field. The research findings are based on questionnaires filled in by defence lawyers, observing pre-trial detention hearings, reviewing case files of closed cases and inter views with judges and prosecutors.

The main conclusion of the Dutch research is that the Dutch legislation on pre-trial detention generally is in conformity with European standards. However, the practice of applying pre-trial detention falls somewhat short of these standards; especially the high percentage of pre-trial detention being ordered, the limited reasoning of decisions and the infrequent use of alternatives to pre-trial detention are noteworthy.


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Over Jan Crijns

Jan Crijns is Professor of criminal law and criminal procedure at the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

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Over Bas Leeuw

Bas Leeuw is als student-assistent verbonden aan de sectie Strafrecht van de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

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