The European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) is a leading group of independent criminal defence lawyers in the Council of Europe

On April 27, 2012 at the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice –  after quite extensive negotiations the Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems were adopted on Friday afternoon. This is a huge step forward in recognizing the importance of legal aid.

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The final resolution and text will be available next week on the UN website and should also be adopted at the UN GA in December.