New insights into the procedure within a reasonable time as a legal principle

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The article deals with a discussion of the concept and implementation of the procedure within a reasonable time as a legal principle. The main purpose of the article is to reveal the content and functioning of this principle. The author presents new insights into this principle. From time to time this legal ground evolves into new forms or the criteria, on which it depends, changes; therefore, such issues have to be taken as the basis for evaluating this principle. The following conclusion is drawn in the article: the effect of the principle of the procedure within a reasonable time is not only tied to the obvious suspicion or indictment, but also to any reasonable assumption about the probable prosecution due to various actions carried out by criminal procedure officers under the Code of Criminal Procedure. After summing up the arguments, the author concludes that it is important to estimate the procedural interest of the suspect, defendant or sentenced person.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-316
JournalJurisprudencija: mokslo darbai
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010



  • Reasonable time
  • Legal principles
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Interests of the culprit
  • Probable prosecution

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