PROCEDURAL RIGHTS FOR SUSPECTS AND DEFENDANTS

At the end of 2009 the JHA Council adopted a resolution setting out a “Roadmap” of 6 separate measures intended to protect the procedural rights of suspects and defendants in the criminal justice system. See:

http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/09/st15/st15434.en09.pdf  The first of these measures, (A) on the right to translation and interpretation was the subject of a 2009 Commission proposal, but as it was not formally adopted by Council before the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, it has lapsed. The other measures foreseen in the roadmap are:
B. Information about rights and about the charges;
C. Legal Aid and legal advice;
D. Communication with relatives, employers and consular authorities;
E. Special safeguards for vulnerable persons
F. A green paper on the right to review the grounds for detention.

The Commission is now under pressure to issue a new proposal for measure A, as well as at least one of the others, during 2010.


 

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