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  • Felix GolserEmail author
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Part of the Legal Studies in International, European and Comparative Criminal Law book series (LSCL, volume 2)

Abstract

The comprehensive rights to personal participation in Austrian criminal procedure fulfil international human rights standards. In absentia proceedings are only allowable in certain proceedings on offences which are punishable with no more than 3 years imprisonment and only if strict criteria are met. In EAW and surrender proceedings the accused has the right to be heard in a public trial. Penal order proceedings are only allowable if they have been interrogated and have explicitly waived the trial. The proceedings on surrender based on in absentia verdicts possibly require some minor changes to fulfil ECHR requirements. Relevant European directives made only minor changes in domestic law necessary.

Keywords

Austria Participatory rights In absentia trials Inaudito reo procedures Legal assistance EAW proceedings 

Abbreviations

ARHG

Austrian code on surrender and legal assistance in criminal matters

CCP

Austrian code of criminal procedure (Strafprozessordnung)

EAW

European Arrest Warrant

ECHR

European Convention of Human Rights

ECtHR

European Court of Human Rights

EU

European Union

EU-JZG

Austrian code on the judicial cooperation in criminal matters with member states of the EU

JGG

Jugendgerichtsgesetz—Austrian law on criminal proceedings of juvenile offenders

PC

Austrian criminal code (Strafgesetzbuch)

ZustG

Zustellgesetz—Austrian law for the delivery of letters by courts and authorities

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal Law and Criminal ProcedureUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria

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