Life imprisonment in Belgium

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parole court
rejects the parole request, the inmate may thereafter reapply every year until they are released or die.

prosecuted in Belgium. For those aged 12 to 17, the juvenile tribunal has jurisdiction. The most severe punishment available to a juvenile tribunal for a defendant aged 12-15 is 14 years of fixed-term imprisonment. [failed verification

When the accused is 16 or 17 and suspected of severe offenses, a juvenile court may transfer the case to the

court of assizes). The most severe punishment that a court of assizes may pass against a defendant aged 16 or 17 is 30 years' imprisonment (with eligibility to apply for parole after 15 years).[2]


  1. ^ (in French and Dutch) extract from the Belgian Official Journal 17 March 2013.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Jeugdsanctierecht in Europa: is uithandengeving een evidentie? Jura falconis, jg 44, 2007-2008, nr 1, p. 3-38