TC annuls new Penal Code

The Constitutional Tribunal issued a ruling that annuls the recently passed Penal Code of the Dominican Republic and orders the restitution of the previous code that dates back to 1884. The decision annuls articles 107, 108, 109 and 110 of the Law 550 n 14 that had authorized selective abortion, the responsibilities and penal issues also regarding abortion.

The decision on this case was in response to an appeal for unconstitutionality submitted by the Transparency and Justice Foundation, and the Transparency and Democracy and the Happy Marriage Foundation.

When the appeal was filed, the president of the Justice and Transparency Foundation, Trajano Vidal Potentini, claimed that the new Penal Code contains several irregularities during the review of the observations on the legislation from the Executive Branch.

[December 2015]