Criminal justice: what are the limitation periods?

Verified 25 February 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

The limitation period is the period beyond which it is no longer possible to prosecute the author of a infringement. It depends on the type of offense, whether or not a victim exists, and the victim's age at the time of the crime. The starting point is the day of the offense, but there are exceptions. The public prosecutor ascertain whether or not the facts have been time-barred. It is possible to lodge a complaint even if the deadline seems to have passed, it may have been interrupted or suspended.

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