Dutch legal system

The MH17 trial is a criminal case conducted in the Netherlands under Dutch law.

Criminal proceedings in the Netherlands


The Dutch Code of Criminal Procedure contains rules to ensure that prosecutions are conducted fairly. In Dutch criminal proceedings, all the parties involved – judges, the Public Prosecution Service, defendants and their lawyers, and sometimes the victim or relatives of victims and their lawyers, witnesses and experts – have different roles to play.

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New legislation


Legislation was drafted to make it possible to try the suspects in the Netherlands.

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Glossary of terms


A number of important legal terms used in Dutch criminal cases are listed and explained.

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