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European Court of Human Rights

This section contains briefs and links to the European Court of Human Rights case-law related to defence rights, including legal aid and other related rights

Recently, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a judgment in which it asked Poland to “stop the practice of detaining juveniles subject to correctional proceedings without a specific judicial decision,” a disastrous practice in which young suspects are jailed―often for months―while their alleged crimes are investigated. The case of Grabowski v. Poland, which resulted in the European Court’s call for change, concerned a juvenile (17 years old at the time) who was arrested on suspicion of committing several armed robberies and placed in pretrial detention (schronisko dla nieletnich in Polish, or “shelter for juveniles”) for three months while his case…
The applicant, Ioan Nicolet Potcoavă, is a Romanian national who was born in 1969 and lives in Ungheni (Romania).
The European Court of Human Rights has notified in writing on 17th of September 2013 the following nine Chamber Judgments - none of which are final.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted Protocol 15 to the European Convention of Human Rights.
The applicant, Sergey Samartsev, is a Russian national who was born in 1970 and is currently in prison following his conviction in 2006 of two murders.
European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgments can have a huge impact in Member States by highlighting systemic and serious problems in human rights protection.
In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Tymoshenko v. Ukraine (application no. 49872/11), which is not final, the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been:
This document is part of the Open Society Justice Initiative's Arrest Rights Toolkit, a resource for criminal lawyers, prosecutors, judges, and police—all those who play a role in ensuring that the rights of people accused of crimes are respected.