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The Criminal Justice System of the Netherlands

Organization, substantive criminal law, criminal procedure and sanctions

Book | 1st edition 2019 | United Kingdom | Piet van Kempen, Maartje Krabbe, Sven Brinkhoff

The Criminal Justice System of the Netherlands offers an introduction to our fascinating legal system from a criminal law angle.

The book consists of four parts. Part I covers general matters, such as the organization of the Dutch criminal justice system and the latest statistics on crime and punishment. Part II presents the basics of Dutch substantive criminal law and Part III discusses our criminal procedure. Lastly, Part IV focusses on the final stage of the criminal process: sanctions and their enforcement.

Throughout the book, authors highlight aspects of the criminal justice system of the Netherlands that would be of specific interest to foreigners. These peculiarities include, for example, the many powers of the Dutch public prosecutor, the Dutch position on euthanasia and our (in)famous drug policy. The book contains several references to case law, websites and more detailed texts (in English where possible) in order to support readers who desire a more thorough understanding of a specific topic.

The Criminal Justice System of the Netherlands is recommended to students taking an introductory course on Dutch criminal law or on comparative criminal law. It is, however, also an excellent starting point for foreign researchers who wish to explore the Dutch criminal law system.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780689623
Weight 320 g
Status Available
Number of pages xiv + 178 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Dec 16, 2019
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
Available on Strada Europe No
Available on Strada Luxembourg No


  • Inhoudsopgave
  • Part I. Crime, law and politics
  • 1. The Structure of the State
  • 2. The Main Organs of the Criminal Justice System
  • 3. Criminal Policy and Criminal Justice Statistics
  • Part II. Substantive Criminal Law
  • 4. Substantive Criminal Law
  • Part III. Criminal Procedure Law
  • 5. Criminal Procedure Law
  • Part IV. Sanctions
  • 6. Sentencing
  • 7. The System of Sanctions
  • 8. Conditional Release, Pardon and Aftercare of Prisoners
  • References and Case Law