Stages of the proceedings

Examination of the accused’s character

The interrogatoire de personnalité is conducted by the presiding judge, who tries to discover the personality of the accused by asking questions about his/her past life and family.
Character witnesses can be called.
The interrogatoire de personnalité may take place before or after the examination of the facts, depending on the presiding judge and the case.

Image : The accused and lawyers, Law Courts in Nivelles.

Palix. 2008. watercolour, 21x29,7 cm.

© Palix