European human rights institutions launch new justice guide

A new access to justice in European law guide has been published today by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

“This handbook summarises key access to justice principles, drawing on a wide body of European law and jurisprudence,” says President of the European Court of Human Rights Guido Raimondi.

“Providing easy-to-use information on the main standards in Europe will greatly assist legal practitioners ensure everyone seeking justice has proper support, a fair trial and access to effective remedies.”

“Access to justice is not just a right in itself. It is also a key enabler for making other fundamental rights a reality,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “This practical guide provides legal practitioners with a key legal resource to help them actively support all those who face barriers in fully and effectively enjoying access to justice.”

The Handbook on European law relating to access to justice seeks to raise awareness and improve knowledge of relevant standards set by the Council of Europe and the European Union and particularly through the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU.

The handbook, published in French and English, is designed to assist judges, prosecutors and legal practitioners involved in litigation in EU and Council of Europe Member States with legal issues relating to access to justice. Non-governmental organisations and other bodies that assist individuals in accessing justice will also find it useful.

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