Section 3. Temporal application of the criminal legislation

The criminal legislation at the time of the act applies. However, the legislation at the time of the decision applies when this results in a more favourable outcome for the person charged and the legislative amendment is due to a change in view as to which acts should be punishable or as to the use of criminal sanctions.
When a continuous criminal offence continues after a legislative amendment imposing a stricter penalty has entered into force, the legislation in force at the respective times applies to the respective parts of the offence.
If a person has been charged, see section 82 of the Criminal Procedure Act, no account is taken of the fact that prosecution would have been time-barred under a more recent statute, or that it is no longer unconditional.
If the execution of a sanction has begun, no account is taken of the fact that the execution would have been time-barred under a more recent statute.
In the event of conviction after the reopening of a case, the same legislation applies as in the original decision.