JUDGMENT Akdağ v. Turkey 17.09.2019 (no. 75460/10) see here SUMMARY The case concerned access to a lawyer in police custody. The applicant alleged that she had confessed to being a member of an illegal organisation after being threatened and ill-treated by the police, without access to a lawyer. Although the Court rejected as inadmissible the […]
Detention remedies must be capable of being supported in person by the detainee, which constitutes a fundamental guarantee of Article 5 par. 4. An appeal brought by a self-appointed lawyer as long as the defendant was a fugitive without his knowledge does not secure his right to appeal against his deprivation of liberty.
JUDGMENT Rizzotto v. Italy no. 2 05.09.2019 (no. 20983/12) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the lawfulness of a pre-trial detention order, and the procedural safeguards secured under Article 5 § 4 (right to speedy review of the lawfulness of detention) of the Convention. The Court found that Mr Rizzotto had never had the opportunity in […]
Law practice and fraud for many years. Twelve-year duration of criminal proceedings constitutes an infringement of the reasonable duration of the proceedings
JUDGMENT Abboud v. Belgium 02.07.2019 (no.29119/13) see here SUMMARY Violation of reasonable time for criminal proceedings. 12 years for criminal cases exceeded the reasonable time. The applicant worked as a translator. Taking advantage of this situation and without having the capacity of a lawyer, he has been conducting legal acts for many years, providing legal […]
The fabricated robbery and the non-appointment of a lawyer in the police investigation. The Court was not persuaded of the existance of a ECHR violation.
JUDGMENT Farrugia v. Malta 04.06.2019 (no. 63041/13) see here SUMMARY Fabricated robbery. Police Prosecution without the presence of a lawyer. Following a robbery in his professional area, the applicant was questioned by the police, who suspected that the crime was based, in particular, on the allegations of one of his employees, namely that the applicant had […]
Restriction on right of access to a lawyer during police interviews did not breach the right to a fair trial
JUDGMENT Doyle v. Ireland 23.05.2019 (no. 51979/17) see here SUMMARY Access to a lawyer during police questioning. The applicant’s complaint that the right of access to a lawyer was confined during his examination by the police regarding intentional homicide. Although the applicant could consult his lawyer before and after the questioning, police practice at that […]
The contact of the lawyer with his detained client is privilegedly protected by the ECHR and must be unobstructed.
JUDGMENT Altay v. Turkey 09.04.2019 (no. 2) (n. 11236/09) see here SUMMARY Lawyer and prisoner. Confidentiality of meetings. The meetings and communications of the lawyer with his client are dealt with privilege by the ECHR and must be free of obstructions. Request of the prison authorities to attend the meetings between the lawyer and his […]
Unprecedented lifelong exclusion of a Ukrainian lawyer from the representation of the applicants before the European Court of Human Rights due to forgery of documents and filing of applications by dead persons
Judgment of 12.12.2018 Exclusion of a Ukrainian lawyer The European Court of Human Rights has decided, under Rule 36 § 4 (b) of the Rules of Court, that a Ukrainian lawyer, Nataliya Yevgenivna Tselovalnichenko, should be permanently prohibited from representing or otherwise assisting applicants in both pending and future applications. Out of concern not to […]
Ex officio appointment of lawyers and non-acceptance of their appointment. The lawyers were sentenced to a fine in absentia for contempt of the Court. No infringement of the ECHR.
JUDGMENT Gestur Jónsson and Ragnar Halldór Hall v. Iceland 30.10.2018 (no. 68273/14 and 68271/14) see here PROVISIONS Article 6 Article 7 Article 2 of Protocol n. 7 SUMMARY The case concerned the imposition of fines on the applicants after they resigned as defence counsel in a criminal case. The Court found in particular that the […]
The re-seizure of business related items which were handed over to the applicant’s lawyer before the latter could communicate with him did not provide sufficient guarantees against arbitrariness.
JUDGMENT Visy v. Slovakia 16.10.2018 (no. 70288/13) see here SUMMARY Investigation and confiscation of items without a legal warrant. The items were returned to the applicant’s lawyer and subsequently confiscated with a new warrant. The re-seizure of business objects, including legal documents protected by the client-client privacy relationship, which were returned to the lawyer rather […]
Procedural defects in a search of a lawyer’s office: violation of the right to respect for one’s home
JUDGMENT Leotsakos v. Greece 4.10.2018 (no. 30958/13) see here SUMMARY The case concerned a search of the professional premises of a lawyer (Mr Leotsakos) and the seizure of several items and documents in the framework of a criminal investigation concerning him personally. The Court found in particular that the procedural defects were such that the […]