Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1566-7146
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1611



In the Scheldt department (Département de l’Escaut), cassation appeal for violation of law against criminal judgments by a Criminal Court was introduced in 1796 and could be made by both the convicted and the Public Prosecution Service. In total, 265 (16, 6%) of the 1595 criminal judgments were appealed in cassation by 373 criminal convicted persons and in 12 cases by the Public Prosecution Service. Of those 265 cassation appeals, 236 (89%) were rejected and 29 (11%) were accepted. The motives that the Court of Cassation applied to aside these 29 judgments were very diverse and related to the violations of law that both the lower investigative bodies and the judges of the Criminal Court had committed in the course of criminal proceedings.


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