The Effects of a Simplified Criminal Procedure: Evidence from One Million Czech Cases

48 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2017

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Libor Dusek

Charles University, Faculty of Law - Department of Economics; University of Economics, Prague

Josef Montag

Charles University, Faculty of Law - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 27, 2017

Abstract

We estimate the effects of a simplified criminal procedure applicable to minor crimes on case durations and probabilities of charges and conviction. The identification strategy exploits a quasi-natural experiment in the implementation of the simplified procedure across districts. The procedure reduces the duration of the pre-trial phase and increases the probability that the prosecutor will charge the defendant in court. The effects on the duration of the court phase and the probability of conviction at trial are less significant. The resources released by the use of the simplified procedure could be allocated to serious cases. However, we do not find evidence of such beneficial spillovers.

Keywords: Criminal procedure, law enforcement, courts, prosecutors

JEL Classification: K14, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Dusek, Libor and Montag, Josef, The Effects of a Simplified Criminal Procedure: Evidence from One Million Czech Cases (March 27, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2941496 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2941496

Libor Dusek

Charles University, Faculty of Law - Department of Economics ( email )

nam. Curieovych 7
Prague 1, 11640
Czech Republic

University of Economics, Prague ( email )

nam. W.Churchilla 4
Prague 3, 130 67
Czech Republic

Josef Montag (Contact Author)

Charles University, Faculty of Law - Department of Economics ( email )

nam. Curieovych 7
Prague 1, 11640
Czech Republic

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