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Friday, May 14, 2021

Holvast et al. on Overturning Wrongful Convictions in the Netherlands

Nina HolvastJohannes Nan and Sjarai Lestrade (Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Law, affiliation not provided to SSRN and Radboud University) have posted Between Legal Certainty and Doubt. The Developments in the Procedure to Overturn Wrongful Convictions in the Netherlands (Erasmus Law Review, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2020) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
The Dutch legislature has recently (2012) altered the legislation for post-conviction revision of criminal cases. The legislature aimed to improve the balance between the competing interests of individual justice and the finality of verdicts, by making post-conviction revision more accessible. In this article we describe the current legal framework for revising cases. We also study how the revision procedure functions in practice, by looking at the types and numbers of (successful) requests for further investigations and applications for revision. We observe three challenges in finding the right balance in the revision process in the Netherlands. These challenges concern: 1) the scope of the novum criterion (which is strict), 2) the appropriate role of an advisory committee (the ACAS) in revision cases (functioning too much as a pre-filter for the Supreme Court) and, 3) the difficulties that arise due to requiring a defence council when requesting a revision (e.g., financial burdens).

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