ENGAGING THE PROBATION SERVICE IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA BEFORE THE IMPOSITION OF ALTERNATIVE SANCTION
Abstract: The topic of the paper is reviewing the relationship between the probation service and the judiciary in the Netherlands and UK, and the possibility of engaging the Probation Service in criminal proceedings in the Republic of Serbia before the imposition of a criminal sanction (in the form of giving reports and recommendations to judges or public prosecutors on the pronouncement of an alternative sanction). In this regard, the paper discusses the legal possibilities in Serbia: Does the court or public prosecutor under the Serbian Criminal Procedure Code have the authority to request a report on the personality of the defendant from the Probation Officer in the pre-trial criminal proceedings or in the phase of main trial (before the decision on the criminal sanction)? The paper also discusses a possible proposal to amend the Law on the Execution of Non-Custodial Sanctions and Measures and Serbian Criminal Procedure Code in these areas.
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