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이 글에서는 2015년에 형법과 특별형법 분야에서 선고된 대법원 형사판례 중에서 법률실무나형사법학계에서 중요하다고 평가하고 논의가 될 수 있는 전원합의체 판결 3건을 포함하여 총 10건을검토하였다. 중요 판례의 핵심 죄명만 살펴보면 내란선동죄와 내란음모죄, 공무집행방해죄, 살인죄, 모욕죄, 횡령죄와 장물취득죄, 마약류관리에관한법률위반(향정), 변호사법위반, 아동·청소년의성보호에관한법률위반(강제추행), 특정범죄가중처벌등에관한법률위반(운전자폭행등) 등이다. 2015년의 형사판례에서는 특별히 ‘내란선동 및 내란음모사건’, ‘윤일병 구타사망사건’, ‘세월호 사건’ 등과 같이 국민적 관심을 크게 모았던 대형 사건들이 많았다는 점이 두드러진 특징이라고 할 수 있을 것이다. 논의의 편의상 핵심 쟁점이 되는 형법의 조문 순서에 따라 판례를 소개하고 마지막 부분에 특별형법분야의 판례를 소개하였는데, 판례별 서술은 사안, 원심의 판단, 판결요지, 검토의 순서로 정리하여 보았다.


Among criminal cases of the Korean Supreme Court sentenced in the field of Criminal Code and Special Criminal Law in 2015 of which might be recognized and discussed as important factors by legal affairs or criminology circles, ten cases including three en banc decisions were reviewed in this paper. Key charges of the important cases include sedition charges and rebellion conspiracy crime, obstruction of justice, felonious homicide, contempt, embezzlement and possession of stolen goods, violation of Narcotics Control Act(Psychotropic Drugs Control Act), violation of the Attorneys-at-Law Act, violation of the Act on the Protection of Children and Juveniles from Sexual Abuse(indecent assault) and violation of the Additional Punishment Law on Specific Crimes(road rage). As the distinctive features of criminal cases in 2015, there have been considerable cases such as ‘sedition charges and rebellion conspiracy crime’, ‘assault resulting in death of Private YOON’ and ‘the case of Sewol Ferry’ in which those cases have attracted considerable attention of the nation. For the purpose of discussion, the cases are introduced in accordance with order of the criminal code provisions being a major issue, and the cases in the field of Special Criminal Law are introduced in the last part. Each case includes facts, Judgement of the Appeal Court, summary of the decision and its review.