JUDr. Tomáš Sokol, lawyer, email: TSokol@akbsn.eu
When contemplating ethics in criminal proceedings, the first thing that comes to mind is the question of whether the term itself has any specific content. According to one of many definitions, ethics are a science examining the values and principles guiding human conduct in situations where there is a possibility of choice based on one’s free will. Thus, the ethics of criminal proceedings should deal with choosing a procedure from among procedural alternatives specified for a particular case by the Code of Criminal Procedure. The above stated question is thereby modified to whether situations may arise in criminal proceedings that legally permit several options for further procedure, yet only one or only some of them are ethical. The logical question then is who or what determines the “correct” ethical procedure.