Het Nader rapport bestuurlijke boetestelsels: een stap terug in duidelijkheid?

A.G. Mein, B. van der Vorm

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Recently the Dutch Government has responded to an advise from the advisory body Raad van State concerning the relationship between the administrative and the penal system of sanctions. Nowadays administrative sanctions are imposed in the Netherlands for serious offenses, whereas the original intention was to only use these procedures for minor felonies. It is unclear why some offenses are subject to a judicial judgment, while others are dealt with in administrative proceedings. Moreover, it appears that the administrative fines are often significantly higher than fines imposed by a judge. The government feels that harmonisation between the maximum of the administrative and penal fine should be realized. With regard to the choice between administrative and penal law, the government hasn’t found a criterion for deciding which offenses should be subject to a judicial judgment and which can be dealt with in administrative proceedings. The authors argue that the government could have offered more clarity by using the criterion of ‘serious criminal conduct’ as defined in criminal law. Criminal law has to be chosen when there is serious criminal conduct. In other cases it is possible to choose the administrative procedure.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)37-48
JournalJustitiële Verkenningen
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • administrative penal law
  • administrative fines
  • serious conduct
  • system of sanctions
  • harmonisation

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