Administration of Justice

The Dutch Criminal Justice System: Organization and Operation

This report (the second edition) describes the organization and operation of the Dutch criminal justice system. Its contents are: the Dutch Criminal Code; the Dutch code of criminal procedure; the main organs of the criminal justice system; issues of criminal law; issues of procedural law; the system system of sanctions; sentencing; the prison system; early release, pardon and after-care of prisoners; and figures on crime and sentencing.

World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems, The Netherlands

Provides a narrative description of the criminal justice system of The Netherlands. Forty-two other country descriptions are written with a common template so that comparisons of similar functions in different countries can be made easily.

Corruption & Fraud

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) - Council of Europe

GRECO evaluation procedures involve the collection of information through questionnaire(s), on-site country visits enabling evaluation teams to solicit further information during high-level discussions with domestic key players, and drafting of evaluation reports. These reports, which are examined and adopted by GRECO, contain recommendations to the evaluated countries in order to improve their level of compliance with the provisions under consideration. Measures taken to implement recommendations are subsequently assessed by GRECO under a separate compliance procedure

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published its Third Round Evaluation Report on the Netherlands. The report has been made public with the agreement of the country’s authorities. It focuses on two distinct themes: criminalization of corruption and transparency of party funding.

Monitor Crime in the Business Sector - 2007

The objective of the Monitor Crime in the Business Sector is to provide insight into the victimization of companies in the Netherlands and into the measures that these companies take to reduce crime. This monitor examines the developments over the years. The survey was conducted in five sectors in the Dutch business community: construction, retail, hotel and restaurant, transport and commercial services.

Drugs & Alcohol

Cannabis 2002 report

This report deals with several scientific issues of Cannabis.  This report was produced on the basis of a conference on Cannabis by researchers of Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Drug Situation in the Netherlands - EMCDDA

The reports have been written for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Each year, national centres of expertise on drug-related issues in the member states of the European Union (‘Focal Points’) draw up a report on the national drugs situation, according to guidelines provided by the EMCDDA. These reports form the basis of the “Annual Report on the State of the Drug Problem in the European Union” compiled by the EMCDDA. In line with the guidelines, the report focuses on new developments in the reporting year.(

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) - Country Overview

This overview presents a comprehensive overview of the drugs situation in the Netherlands. Topics covered in the country overview include: drug use among the general population and young people, prevention, problem drug use, treatment demand, drug-related infectious diseases, drug-related deaths, treatment responses, harm reduction responses, drug markets and drug-related offences, national drug laws, national drug strategy, coordination mechanism in the field of drugs and drug-related research. Also included in the country report are key statistics on the drug situation and a barometer that indicates the prevalence profile and relative rating of the country.

The Netherlands National Drug Monitor : Annual Reports

"The Report covers substance use and the associated problems, the treatment demand, illnesses and deaths, the supply of substances and registered drug-related crime. International data are also included where possible and relevant."

Human Rights

Annual Reports to Congress on Human Rights Practices - Netherlands
These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, to the U.S. Congress. The law provides that the Secretary of State shall transmit a "full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights, within the meaning of subsection (A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act." Reports on several countries are included that do not fall into the categories established by these statutes and that thus are not covered by the congressional requirement. The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights. (website).

Annual Reports to Congress on International Religious Freedom - Netherlands

These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, describe the status of religious freedom in the Netherlands, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

Human Trafficking

Dutch National Rapporteur Report on Human Trafficking

This series of reports presented to the Minister of Justice, contain information as to legislation and procedures, victims and victim support, administrative enforcement in the prositution sector, investigations, financial investigations, the public prosecution service and prosecution, exploitation centers other than the sex industry, and trafficking humans for the purpose of organ removal.

Juvenile Justice

Trends in recorded juvenile crime in the age group 12-24 in the period 1996 - 2007

"The aim of this investigation was to examine the trends in juvenile crime in the period 1996 up to and including 2007 as recorded by the police, the public prosecutor and the court. To that end, the developments among the arrested suspects of a crime and juvenile offenders aged 12-24 are examined. Also investigated are the trends in the settlement at the levels of the police, public prosecution service and the judiciary."

Law & the Courts

A Comparison of Different Countries' Criminal Justice Systems: Perspectives from the Netherlands By: Thomas Schiller

This report compares the Netherlands with nine other countries (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the United States) on the problem of crime, and the methods and financial means used to control crime. The study is of a general and exploratory nature.

Police & Law Enforcement

Policing in the Netherlands 2004

Provides a description of the police and their responsibilities.

Research & Statistics

Homicide in Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden

"This report contains a comparative, descriptive analysis of the 1,577 homicide cases committed in Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands during the years 2003-2006. Differences and similarities have been studied with regards to rates and structural characteristics, giving answers to the questions of where, when and how homicide takes place as well as who the victims and perpetrators are.

Recidivism Report 1997 - 2006

"For some years, the WODC has conducted a study of the reconviction rate of Dutch offenders. The measurements relate to four study populations: adult offenders sanctioned by court or the Public Prosecutor's Service (PPS), juvenile offenders sanctioned by court or PPS, ex-prisoners, former inmates of juvenile detention centres. Recidivism among former offenders placed under an entrustment order is reported separately."

Overseas Security Advisory Council - Crime & Safety Report (2011)

This Crime & Safety Report is an annual report written by U.S. Regional Security Officers about the current environment overseas. Also available are links to other reports and foreign embassies.

Statistical Yearbook

Contains general statistical information.