The Openbaar Ministerie (public prosecution service) decides whether or not a criminal offence should be taken to one of the Netherlands’ 19 district courts. If the case goes ahead, the OM prosecutes. The OM can also reach out-of-court settlements. In addition, it levies fines for all sorts of minor infringements of the law.All typical untranslatable Dutch words and expressions translated in the Dictionairy of Dutchness
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