Prohibitions Regarding the Use of Evidence ('Exclusionary Rules') in the German Penal Procedure - Theoretical Basis and Systematization (Las Prohibiciones de Utilización de Pruebas en el Proceso Penal Alemán - Fundamentación Teórica y Sistematización)
51 Pages Posted: 3 May 2010 Last revised: 10 May 2010
Date Written: 2009
The paper analyzes prohibitions regarding the use of evidence ("exclusionary rules") in German Law. In the introduction, the theoretical foundations, starting from Beling's doctrine of the "prohibitions on evidence", are explained. Then, the concept of prohibitions on evidence is defined and the existing prohibitions are systematized (1.). Next, a distinction between explicit and implicit prohibitions (based on constitutional law) is proposed, and both are explained in detail (2. and 3.). Finally, the possibility of an extensive effect ("fruit of the poisoned tree") of these prohibitions is discussed (4.)
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Keywords: Criminal procedure, Human rights, Evidence law, Evidence prohibitions, exclusionary rules
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