The time scale of criminal law rule is determined according to its beginning moment and its end moment. The problem which arises is validity of these rules in terms of time when several rules dealing with the same subject come into force respectively. This issue arises specifically in a limited period of time between the date of the crime committed and the date of the final judgment issued. The rules of criminal jurisdiction organize procedural matter related to criminal courts, criminal jurisdiction and public persecution. Because of its procedural nature, they are subject to the immediate effect principle which governs the force of criminal procedural rules in term of time. Controversy and argument at the level of legal jurisprudence and the judiciary regarding the immediate effect provisions arise. Whatever the good opinion in this regard, the legislator should interfere by imposing transitional provisions to deal with such matters in order to remedy some of the practical and legal difficulties which may arise. This approach saves time, effort and expense. Moreover, it avoids suspicion of interfering in the work of the judiciary, or influencing its judgments

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