New way of serving writs for faster processing of criminal cases

Published: 28 March 2018 at 16.24

The Riksdag voted in favour of allowing a new way of serving writs, known as accessible service, to be used on a trial basis in criminal cases. Communicating information in this way is a way for an authority to ensure that a person who is affected in a particular case has been able to acquaint him/herself with important information. It may for example be the case that a person suspected of a crime will formally receive written documentation of a writ.

The new way of serving the writ means that a writ and other documents in a criminal case will be available at the District Court from a certain point in time which has been decided in advance. The suspect will have been informed at a personal meeting with a police officer or prosecutor of this point in time and at which district court the documents are to be found. Accessible service is to be used at district courts decided by the Government. The purpose of this procedure is that the processing of criminal cases should be more efficient and that legal proceedings may be instituted more quickly. The legislative proposal will come into force on 1 May 2018.