Code of Penal Procedure amended

The Senate of the Dominican Republic approved over 70 changes to the Code of Penal Procedure recently, stripping away many provisions that were considered too lenient toward the accused in criminal proceedings. Under the bill, still pending enactment by the President, judges may issue search warrants to be executed at night, and order up to 24 months of preventive custody against the accused, instead of the present 12-month limit. A very controversial provision takes away the right of ordinary citizens to file complaints against public afficials for corruption.

[March 2014]