Optimization Of Criminal Law Legislation: Opportunities To Save Time And Resources

  • I.B. Medytskyi
Keywords: consequences of crime, minimization, criminal law legislation, budget, optimization.


The article emphasizes the importance of taking into account the economic approach in the process of criminal law: the demand for legislative novelties, their validity, the availability of financial resources for implementation, the calculation of possible negative consequences.

The conclusion on non-fulfillment by the parliament of the tasks set before it in the form of acceptance of the planned quantity of bills is formulated. The low quality of legislative support of law enforcement activities was stated, given the lack of proper criminological justification, analysis of the possibilities of their budget expenditures, the forecast of the probable impact on the criminogenic situation and corruption.

Measures to minimize time and material costs in the process of criminal law legislation are proposed. The introduction of the proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will have a positive impact on the terms, quantity and quality of the considered bills, reduce the negative «potential» consequences of their adoption, provide an opportunity to talk about a stable costs of the legislative process in the state.

The author substantiates a qualitatively different approach, according to which in the formation of further budget requests the planned number of registered projects will be determined taking into account the actual number implemented in the current (reporting) year, taking into account quality criteria (share of adopted laws in total registered bills). The proposed practice will stimulate the activities of parliamentarians in the context of maximizing the ratio of «efficiency-quality» («average cost per registered project - the share of adopted laws in the total number of registered bills»). An increase in the number of registered bills (above the planned one), as well as an increase in the number of adopted laws in the total number of registered bills would give grounds to increase the total funding for legislative activity for the next year. In the absence of positive dynamics (the same or less) - funding would remain at the level of the previous year or adjusted downwards.