Act on criminal liability of legal persons

As of July 1st 2016, a new Act on criminal liability of legal persons and came into effect, which has been promulgated in Collection of Acts on February 25 2016 as an Act no. 91/2016 Coll. This Act introduces to our legal system a so-called direct criminal liability, as opposed to the existing concept of so-called pseudo criminal liability of legal persons. This disrupts the existing perception of criminal liability as a mere liability of natural persons and breaches its strict individual character. The Act itself governs the basics of criminal liability of legal persons, types of penalties and their imposition as well as the criminal procedure against legal persons itself.