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Processes » The Penal Process » The development of the process
Canon 1720. If the ordinary thinks that the matter must proceed by way of extrajudicial decree:

1. he is to inform the accused of the accusation and the proofs, giving an opportunity for self-defense, unless the accused neglected to appear after being properly summoned;

2. he is to weigh carefully all the proofs and arguments with two assessors;

3. if the delict is certainly established and a criminal action is not extinguished, he is to issue a decree according to the norm of can. 1342-1350, setting forth the reasons in law and in fact at least briefly.
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