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NCJ Number: 140978 Find in a Library
Title: Role of the Victim in the Criminal Trial
Author(s): V Zissiades
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 19
Type: Presentation
Format: Document
Language: Greek; Hebrew
Country: Greece
Annotation: This paper examines the role of the victim in the Greek Code of Criminal Procedure.
Abstract: In Greek law, the role of the victim in the opening phases of the trial is relatively active because the victim is considered to be a guard at the entrance to the penal system. In some circumstances, the victim must lodge a complaint before the prosecutor can take action; in some cases, the victim's initiative reinforces the prosecutor's actions. Furthermore, victims can also initiate civil action which parallels and supports the criminal trial. To strengthen the victim's role even more, Greece should adopt the recommendations of the European Council which encourages (1) a reconciliation effort between victim and offender in minor offenses, especially if the victim does not want to testify on this painful experience, and (2) a closer collaboration between police and victim as well as the establishment of a police for criminal investigation.
Main Term(s): Victims rights
Index Term(s): Citizen prosecution initiation; Criminal proceedings; Greece
Note: Paper presented at the Second Congress of the Swiss Association of Criminal Law, Athens, November 28-29, 1987
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