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Conference on legal aid in criminal proceedings in the European Union
Ministry of Justice will organise in cooperation with the European Commission, Academy of European Law (ERA) and the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) a conference in Warsaw on the topic “Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings in the European Union”.
Conference will takes place on 5-6 December 2011 in Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw.
The organizers provide the transport from the Hotel Mercure to the Copernicus Science Center on 5 and 6 December. The planned departure of the shuttle buses from the Hotel Mercure is 8.20 a.m.
In 2009, EU justice ministers finally agreed on a roadmap to foster protection of suspected and accused persons in criminal proceedings. By means of a step-by-step approach, the roadmap outlines six measures to be introduced in the years to come. Until today, a Directive on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings was adopted, a proposal for a Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings tabled in July 2010, and a draft Directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and on the right to communicate upon arrest COM(2011)326 proposed. A proposal concerning special safeguards for suspected or accused persons who are vulnerable is scheduled for next year.
A proposal for legislative measures regarding legal aid in criminal proceedings is foreseen for 2013. Hence, this conference seeks the occasion to provide a platform of exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices for all legal practitioners and the European Commission to discuss the questions arising with such a measure:
- Which standards for legal aid are already set by the ECHR case law;
- Costs of legal aid for the Member States;
- Conditions for receiving mandatory defence;
- How to ensure adequate quality of legal aid;
- Where are the limits towards the right to choose defence counsel ex officio.
The conference addresses ministry officials, judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers, representatives of the institutions of the EU, NGOs and academics involved in legal aid.
- Proposal for Directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and on the right to communicate upon arrest
- Roadmap for strengthening procedural rights of suspected or accused persons in criminal proceedings
- CCBE Recommendation On Legal Aid (english , french)
- CCBE Briefing Paper on paper on the proposed Directive on access to a lawyer (english , french)
About Academy of European Law (ERA)
The Academy of European Law provides training in European law to judges, prosecutors, lawyers in private practice, notaries, in-house counsel, law enforcement officers, lawyers in public administration and other legal practitioners. ERA is a non-profit public foundation established in 1992 on the initiative of the European Parliament and supported by the European Union and its Member States.
ERA organises conferences, seminars and language courses at different levels at its centre in Trier, its office in Brussels and around Europe. It also provides e-learning courses and publishes a quarterly journal, ERA Forum.
For more information: www.era.int
About Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE)
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) is the representative organisation of around 1 million European lawyers through its member bars and law societies from 31 full member countries, and 11 further associate and observer countries.
The CCBE was founded in 1960, as the ramifications of the European Economic Community on the legal profession started to be seriously considered. During the decades which followed and through to the present day, the CCBE has been in the forefront of advancing the views of European lawyers and defending the legal principles upon which democracy and the rule of law are based. The CCBE is an international non-profit-making association incorporated in Belgium.
For more information: http://www.ccbe.eu