The Impact of the Conception of Appeal on the Criminal Procedure Case Law

Laima Garnelienė, Ernestas Rimšelis

Abstract


The article deals with the impact of the conception of appeal and the model of unlimited appeal existing in  Lithuania on the criminal procedure case law. Alterations of the process of hearing criminal cases in the appellate courts stimulated by the new Code of Criminal Procedure which came into effect on 1 May 2003 are analysed in the article. Furthermore, an attempt is made to evaluate several disadvantages of the model of unlimited appeal described in the legal theory and their impact on case law. It is an established fact that the Lithuanian legal regulation and case law are marked by the features of the model of unlimited appeal, which, as sometimes stated, has more disadvantages than advantages in comparison with the model of limited appeal.

Keywords


law of criminal procedure; appeal; model of appeal; instant mentality; the term of the process

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236