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NCJ Number: 148893 Find in a Library
Title: Collecting Information from Citizens: Alleged Witnesses Before the Initiation of Criminal Proceedings
Journal: Revija za Kimininalistiko in Kriminologijo  Volume:45  Issue:1  Dated:(Januar-Marec 1994)  Pages:33-43
Author(s): H S Colic
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 10
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: Serbo-Croatian
Country: Yugoslavia (Former)
Annotation: This article reviews the changes in Article 151 of the Law on Criminal Procedures regarding the collection of information from alleged witnesses and the use of these materials in criminal proceedings.
Abstract: The first question is whether the alleged witness is bound to provide information and whether the police are obliged to observe procedural safeguards in accordance with the Article. Secondly, the weight given to information collected and its significance in the initiation of criminal proceedings and at trial must also be considered. This issue is best reflected in modalities of recording facts and circumstances found by the police after taking statements from the alleged witness, in the exclusion of certain materials from court records, and in a court examination of police officers as hearsay witnesses about the subject and circumstances on which statements were collected. Provisions of the current procedural legislation as well as envisaged changes in legislation must be considered. 33 references
Main Term(s): Criminal proceedings
Index Term(s): Foreign courts; Foreign laws; Legislative impact; Real evidence; Witnesses rights
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