Summary of the criminal process
The following is a summary of the normal stages in the criminal process in the Slovak Republic.
The pre-trial process consists of the following stages:
- steps prior to initiation of criminal prosecution;
- pre-trial preparations (investigation).
The trial process consists of the following stages:
- examination and preliminary hearing of the indictment;
- main trial;
- appeal process (ordinary appeal [odvolanie] to a higher-instance court, further appeal [dovolanie] to the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic [Najvyšší súd Slovenskej Republiky], reopening of the case);
- enforcement process, carrying out the sentence and protective measures.
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