The House of Lords EU Justice and Institutions Sub-Committee has invited contributions to a new inquiry into EU criminal procedure.

Following the increase in EU criminal law powers in the Lisbon Treaty, the European Commission is building on existing legislation in the field, such as the European Arrest Warrant, to develop an EU approach to criminal procedure as part of a “coherent and consistent EU criminal policy”.  It draws support from a recent study based on its research indicating that EU citizens believe that the fight against crime is an important area for EU action. 

The Committee will ask whether an EU system of criminal procedural law is desirable, and what effects the proposed developments are likely to have on British citizens.

It will examine questions such as:

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