Article 6


The passive and ineffective attitude of a lawyer appointed to a case of involuntary incarceration of a patient in a psychiatric hospital does not fulfill the procedural guarantees under Article 5 of the ECHR

JUDGMENT Čutura v. Croatia 10.01.2019 (no.55942/15) see here SUMMARY  The case concerned a court order to keep the applicant in a psychiatric hospital where he had been placed after it had been found in the criminal proceedings that he had uttered threats in a state of mental derangement. The Court found in particular that the […]

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The involvement of army officers in a court adjudicating a soldier’s lawsuit against the army makes the court non-impartial and independent

JUDGMENT  Β.Ι. v. Turkey 11.12.2018 (no.18308/10) see here   SUMMARY  Non-independent and impartial tribunal. The involvement of officers serving in military units in a court which examined a soldier’s appeal against the army can not guarantee the impartiality and independence of the tribunal. These officers remain in the service of the army, are remunerated by it, […]

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The excessive formalism of a court in interpreting a time-limit prevented the accused from gaining access to a court

JUDGMENT  Witkowski v. Poland 13.12.2018  no. 21497/14) see here   SUMMARY  Request for reasons to be given for a judgment. The Code of Criminal Procedure provided that in order to provide a statement of reasons in the criminal court judgment, the party must make a request within 7 days of its issue. The applicant filed this request […]

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The authorities’ complete and prolonged failure to act following the occupation of a building by housing activists, without any legal title, breached the Convention

JUDGMENT Casa di Cura Valle Fiorita S.r.l. v. Italy 13.12.2018 (no. 67944/13) see here   SUMMARY  The case concerned the applicant company being unable to recover possession of a building in Rome that had been occupied since 2012, without any legal title, by a group of housing activists (movimento lotta per la casa). A final and enforceable judicial […]

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The effective search for serious personal injury can also be done by civil courts. No criminal or disciplinary investigation is required for the purposes of Article 3 of the ECHR if the finding was completed in civil proceedings

JUDGMENT  Isayeva v. Ukraine 4.12.2018 (no.  35523/06) see here   SUMMARY  Serious physical injury to a psychiatric patient from the aggressive behavior of another patient. There was no prosecution or disciplinary investigation to investigate the incident and the existence of liability for this (patient and / or nurses). The victim and the applicant filed two appeals […]

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Polish man who was given custodial penalty for protesting during a trial of communist-era generals suffered rights violations

JUDGMENT  Słomka v. Russia 6.12.2018 (no. 68924/12) see here SUMMARY  The case concerned the applicant’s 14-day custodial sentence for contempt of court after shouting slogans during the trial of communist-era generals who ordered martial law in the 1980s. The Court held that the applicant’s actions had aimed at criticising the judiciary and a perceived lack […]

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The removal of the lawyer from the police because he informed the accused of his rights to silence and non-self-incrimination. The active and guaranteeing role of the lawyer in criminal proceedings is important.

JUDGMENT Soytemiz v. Turkey 27.11.2018 (no. 57837/09) see here    SUMMARY Criminal proceedings for the offense of assisting in the illegal organization of the Turkish Revolutionary Party. The role of advocates. Right to silence and non-self-incrimination in the pre-trial proceedings. The removal and replace the officially appointed lawyer of the accused because he has informed him […]

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The barring of the offence regarding the participation in a terrorist organization of a teacher. The national court violated his presumption of innocence by referring to a later trial that he was a member of the terrorist organization. The adventure of a CV.

JUFGMENT Urat v. Turkey 27.11.2018 (no. 53561/09 and 13952/11) see here SUMMARY Presumption of innocence and disciplinary proceedings. Disciplinary dismissal of teachers for involvement in the Hizbollah terrorist organization despite the fact that they have never been convicted of the offense. The verbal formula used by the courts must not identify criminal liability for the […]

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Complaint about obligation to testify as a witness against former accomplices was inadmissible

JUDGMENT  Wanner v.Germany 22.11.2018 (no. 26892/12) see here SUMMARY  The case concerned the applicant’s conviction for giving false testimony as a witness in criminal proceedings against his former accomplices. The Court observed that, since Mr Wanner’s conviction for assault had become final, there was no legal possibility of him being prosecuted again for his participation […]

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