Right to be heard

During any criminal case, the injured party (victim) is entitled to be heard and to provide information that might be important for the investigation, and to submit evidence.

When the crime is first reported (if this is done by the victim), he or she can provide as much relevant information and evidence as possible to the authorities receiving the report. Later, during the pre-trial investigation, the injured party (victim) will be called on by the police or, in some cases, by the prosecutor for questioning. If the defendant is charged, the injured party will be called upon again for questioning in the trial.

In case the injured party (victim) is a juvenile, the questioning during the pre-trial investigation will be performed by a judge of pre-trial investigation. This means that the statement may, if necessary, be read during the trial, so as to avoid having the juvenile victim to repeat the testimony more than once. However, the trial judge may want the injured parties (victims) to testify in court when some important questions arise during the hearing, and they may be called and questioned again.

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