25th January 2010

Parliament: Amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure

A governmental amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure should pass through the third reading during the session starting on January 26. Based on foreign experience (mainly Anglo-Saxon countries), it introduces a bargain procedure on guilt and punishment. A prosecutor would be entitled to conclude an agreement on guilt and punishment with the person accused of a crime. The agreement then has to be approved by a court. This agreement will be admissible for crimes that are subject to a statutory maximum penalty of five years. More However, the Justice Minister is proposing to the Government to withdraw the draft (on the agenda of the meeting of the Government on January 25).

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic