A-G sets time limits for criminal investigations

Weinstein's new directive gives various time frames for different types of crimes.

Weinstein 311 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Weinstein 311
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Thursday issued a new directive to police and Justice Ministry prosecutors, setting limits to the amount of time they have from the moment they are given the case to the moment they indict a suspect or close his file.
Weinstein explained that his directive is an internal instruction to all criminal investigators and does not change the law.
Weinstein added that the time limits had to be different for different types of crimes, since the more serious ones were usually more complicated than the lighter ones. He set the limits as follows: Misdemeanors calling for penalties of less than three years: six months; violations calling for penalties of three to five years: one year; felonies calling for penalties of up to 10 years: 18 months; felonies calling for penalties of more than 10 years: two years.
Weinstein added that, within these limits, police and Justice Ministry prosecutors should give top priority to certain suspects or circumstances; for example: suspects who are in jail, minors, cases in which the police have completed the investigation but the state prosecution intends to send the file back for more work, and cases in which the suspect confesses to the allegations and the trial can be held and completed quickly.