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

Please click here for the Open letter to the European Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding. This letter on procedural safeguards in criminal proceedings and more specifically on Measure B on Information on Rights and Information about the Charges (see below) has been sent on 29 June 2010.

This letter was signed by Amnesty International EU Office, the ECBA, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, JUSTICE, Open Society Institute-Brussels, Open Society Justice Initiative. A reply to the attention of Mr Holger Matt, signed by European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding has been received on 19 July 2010. Please click here for the reply.

 

Click here for the Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the right to information in criminal proceedings, European Commission, Brussels,COM(2010) 392/3

 

A press release has come out on the letter of rights on 3 December 2010:

Fair trial rights: EU governments endorse law ensuring suspects’ right to information in criminal proceedings

Click here for the press release.