The many effects of COVID-19 on the criminal justice system

2 April 2020

Slowly but surely we are getting a picture of the many short-term effects COVID-19 is having on the Dutch criminal justice system. In a limited amount of time, many different and far-reaching measures have been taken to adapt to the new circumstances. Courts are closed and only urgent cases are dealt with. Nevertheless, criminal acts with a clear COVID-19 aspect are swiftly tackled through different ways of fast track proceedings (snelrecht).