The new Dutch Code of Criminal Procedure should be implemented in 2026, exactly a century after the current code was introduced. The implementation must, among other things, ensure that the law becomes technology-independent, so that it does not have to be constantly adapted to new technological developments. This offers opportunities for law enforcement, whereby they can make use of new investigative powers that make it easier for the public prosecutor and the police to detect new forms of crime, such as digital crime and subversion.
In the run-up to the implementation of the completely new Code of Criminal Procedure, the Innovation Act Criminal Procedure came into effect. This law contains several subjects from the new code that will be tested in practice by means of pilots. In the 'pilot recording and taking cognizance of data after seizing' is the aim, among other things, to consider how new investigative powers can be implemented in an effective and workable manner and what is required in practice in terms of adjustments in work processes, facilities, and the like.
This contribution examines the aspects of how the innovative legislation can help the police to perform their work even more professionally, to strengthen artisanship and to future-proof the work process adapted by legislation for new technological developments.