Written procedure

Some criminal cases may be considered in the district court in written procedure. This means that the judge decides the matter solely on the basis of written material. An oral hearing is not held and the parties are not summoned to court.

Most petty and simple offences, such as cases of driving while intoxicated, may be considered in written procedure. The written procedure requires that the accused confesses the offence and consents to the written procedure. Also the possible victim of the offence must consent to the written procedure.

Offences committed by persons under 18 years of age cannot, however, be considered in written procedure.

The defendant has the right to present his or her opinion on the demand for punishment and on the possible claims for damages also in written procedure. This is done in writing.

The district court sends the judgment passed in written procedure to the parties.