Kazakh delegation learns about the “criminal investigation process” in Berlin and Potsdam

In partnership with the Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the IRZ organised a study visit for Kazakh law professionals to Berlin and Potsdam from 5 to 8 December on the subject of the “criminal investigation process”. The delegation was made up of high-ranking representatives of the Presidential Administration, the Constitutional Council, the Supreme Court, the Public Prosecutor General’s Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

During the working visit, expert discussions were held at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, at the Public Prosecutor General’s Offices in Berlin, at the Tiergarten local court and at the Brandenburg police headquarters. The IRZ also organised a meeting with the lawyer Prof. Dr. Stefan König and a tour of the Moabit penal institution. This gave the Kazakh guests a comprehensive overview of how the criminal investigation process works in Germany and, in this context, allowed them to get a clear picture of individual responsibilities and areas of expertise.

Next year, further advice will be provided on applying the new legal standards in the penal code and in the code of criminal procedure for the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Supreme Court makes a study visit to Bavaria on the subject of “Criminal offences. Accelerated procedure. Domestic violence”

In partnership with the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a study visit to Kempten and Sonthofen took place in November 2016 on the subject of “Criminal offences. Accelerated procedure. Domestic violence”, in which five judges from various regions of Kazakhstan took part. The event followed on from the seminar in Astana, which also dealt with criminal offences in the penal code of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

As part of the study visit, the Kazakh guests visited various authorities to find out about the relevant topics at first hand. The respective leaders of the authorities welcomed the guests personally and also took part in the expert talks:

  • Dr. Johann Kreuzpointner, President of the Regional Court
  • Dietmar Herrmann, Director of the Local Court
  • Uwe Erlbeck, Senior Public Prosecutor an
  • Chief of Police Werner Strößner.

The discussions at the Local Court of Sonthofen dealt with the classification of offences and crimes in German criminal law and with the accelerated procedure in practice.

Speakers at the Public Prosecutor’s Office reported on the enforcement of sentences in German criminal law and the various types of sentence. At the Regional Court of Kempten, the delegation learned about protective measures provided by the family court in cases of domestic violence.

Police involvement in domestic violence was discussed at the police headquarters for Swabia South/West. The delegation also learned about the cooperation between the police and various counselling centres. The study visit was rounded off with an opportunity for the Kazakh guests to visit a women’s refuge.

Seminar on “Criminal offences in the RK penal code”

Christian Roch (right), a judge at the local court of Sonthofen, and Abai Rakhmetulin, Chairman of the criminal division at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.Christian Roch (right), a judge at the local court of Sonthofen, and Abai Rakhmetulin, Chairman of the criminal division at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In cooperation with the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a seminar was held in Astana at the end of October on “Criminal offences in the RK penal code”.

The term “criminal offences” was introduced in Kazakhstan with the reform of the penal code in 2015. The event focussed on the application of new legal standards in procedural practice. The classification of crimes and differences between criminal and administrative offences have repeatedly been discussed.

40 judges from various regions of Kazakhstan took part in the seminar, as well as representatives of the Public Prosecutor General’s Office, the Institute of Legislation, the Ministry of Justice and the Kazakhstan Bar Association. Christan Roch, a German expert and judge at the local court in Sonthofen, attended as the director’s permanent representative. In his lectures, he started by outlining European experiences of criminal offences. Mr Roch then looked at the particularities of the process for criminal offences in Germany.

A closing event is planned to take place in Germany in November in cooperation with the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.