Unødig lang sagsbehandlingstid i danske straffesager:

Uformel straf før dom

  • Kasper Jørgensen
  • Annette Olesen
Nøgleord: penal subjectivism, criminal cases, processing time, waiting time, powerlessness, uformel straf, straffesager, sagsbehandlingstider, ventetid, magtesløshed


For many years the Danish criminal justice system has been criticized for its drawn out handling of criminal cases – which is not only problematic
for the victim’s sense of justice, but is also a violation of the defendant’s civil rights. It is nevertheless surprising how little we know about the  implications for those who are forced to wait an unreasonably long time for trial, especially for those who are not remanded into custody. This article uses a socio-legal perspective to explore the time before conviction for defendants who must continue to live their everyday lives while awaiting decisions. Based on interviews (n=45) and judicial decisions we show that the interviewees awaiting their trial are trapped in a powerless position and are unable to take positive steps forward in their lives. Furthermore, the article shows that experiencing a drawn-out trial date has a negative influence on these citizens’ attachment to society even before their conviction by exposing them to social barriers similar to those faced by ex-convicts who have already served their time.

Jørgensen, K., & Olesen, A. (2021). Unødig lang sagsbehandlingstid i danske straffesager:. Nordisk Tidsskrift for Kriminalvidenskab, 108(1), 251-266. Hentet fra https://tidsskrift.dk/NTfK/article/view/125575