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Chapter Twenty-three. General rules of procedure

08.12.1998. Assignment Hearing Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-380/1998 Violation of Article 255 of the Latvian Code of Criminal Procedure by the fact that the court, in comparison with the charge, has substantially changed the description of the circumstances of the commission of the crimes

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24.11.1998. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-366/1998 Formal non-compliance with the provisions of Article 243 (4) of the Latvian Criminal Procedure Code may not be considered as a material breach of the Criminal Procedure Law if it has not prevented a court from reaching a lawful and reasoned judgment

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22.09.1998. Assignment Hearing Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-309/1998 At the court hearing, the parties exercise their procedural rights in the form of an adversarial proceedings, and the burden of proof lies with the accused

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29.09.1998. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-306/1998 After hearing the appeal, the court unjustifiably referred the case for further investigation to determine the circumstances that aggravate the offender's criminal liability

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08.09.1998. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-288/1998 According to Article 255 (3) of the Latvian Code of Criminal Procedure, the court may continue the proceedings if, by amending the charge, the part or elements of the crime which render the accused more liable are excluded

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21.04.1998. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-145/1998 An appeal may be brought against a decision of the trial court on the basis of which the proceedings in the case are not pursued, except where the case is stayed or suspended in accordance with Article 258 of the Latvian Code of Criminal Procedure

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28.04.1998. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-139/1998 The case is only heard at the trial on the charge where the defendant is brought to trial. Modification of the charge in court is permissible provided it does not adversely affect the defendant's position and does not infringe his or her rights of defense

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10.03.1998. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-87/1998 The case can be tried in the absence of the defendant only if the defendant is outside the borders of the Republic of Latvia and avoids appearing in court

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27.01.1998. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK- 3/1998 The court bases its judgment solely on the evidence examined at the hearing, but the evidence must be assessed on the basis of a comprehensive, complete and objective examination of all the circumstances of the case. Forensic examination shall be carried out in accordance with the requirements of Articles 286 and 263 of the Latvian Criminal Procedure Code

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31.10.1997. Assignment Hearing Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-313/1997 Due to the change in the scope of the accusation, which makes the defendant's liability easier, the probation period determined by the court has been reduced in accordance with Article 42 of the Latvian Criminal Code

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09.09.1997. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-257/1997 The prohibition of the defendant to participate in the court hearing shall be directed only against abusive violators of the hearing procedure

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17.06.1997. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-186/1997 The court may continue the proceedings if the part of the initial charge or a feature of the crime which makes the responsibility of the accused more serious is excluded (Section 255, Paragraph 3 of the Latvian Code of Criminal Procedure)

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05.06.1997. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-169/1997 For further investigation, the case should be referred by a court decision, not by a judgment

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02.05.1997. Assignment Hearing Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-154/1997 When the defendant reaches the lawful age, the legal representation ends

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30.04.1997. Assignment Hearing Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-145/1997 Within the meaning of Section 251 of the Latvian Code of Criminal Procedure, only juvenile defendants may have legal representatives in a criminal case. As the person has full legal capacity after reaching the age of 18, the legal representation ends at this point

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15.01.1997. Assignment Hearing Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-21/1997 The accuser’s waiver of accusation relieves the court of the obligation to continue the trial

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15.08.1996. Assignment Hearing Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-213/1996 On the rejection of the prosecutor's cassation protest without reviewing the case in a court hearing

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30.07.1996. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-186/1996 On the adversarial principle before the appellate court

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22.07.1996. Assignment Hearing Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-158/1996 On the right to refer the case for supplementary investigation

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18.06.1996. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-119/1996 On merging of two or more criminal cases into one record

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03.05.1996. Assignment Hearing Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-111/1996 On the initiation of criminal proceedings

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18.03.1996. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-50/1996 On the infringement of the defendant's rights of defense

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27.03.1996. Decision of the Department of Criminal Cases, case No SKK-37/1996 On expulsion of the defendant from the court hearing

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