The Effects of a Simpler Criminal Procedure on Criminal Case Outcomes: Evidence from Czech District-Level Data

CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 528

41 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2015

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Libor Dusek

Charles University in Prague - Department of Economics; University of Economics, Prague

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Date Written: February 1, 2015

Abstract

The paper estimates the effects of a simpler criminal procedure on case durations and the probabilities that the defendant is charged and convicted. The identification strategy exploits a policy reform in the Czech Republic as a quasi-natural experiment. The reform allowed petty offenses to be prosecuted via a simplified (fast-track) procedure but its actual implementation varied substantially across districts. The fast-track procedure reduced the average duration of the police/prosecutor phase of the criminal procedure by 27 days on average for the petty offenses. It increased the probability that the suspect is charged by 6 percentage points. The fast-track procedure released resources that could potentially be spent on prosecuting serious crimes; I therefore investigate for spillover effects. I find only weak evidence of such spillover effects on the probability that the suspect is charged and no evidence of spillover effects on other case outcomes.

Keywords: criminal procedure, law enforcement

JEL Classification: K14, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Dusek, Libor, The Effects of a Simpler Criminal Procedure on Criminal Case Outcomes: Evidence from Czech District-Level Data (February 1, 2015). CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 528. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2564668 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2564668

Libor Dusek (Contact Author)

Charles University in Prague - Department of Economics ( email )

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Prague 1, 11640
Czech Republic

University of Economics, Prague ( email )

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Prague 3, 130 67
Czech Republic

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