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Criminal Legal Aid Resources

This section includes papers, reports, studies, management and delivery tools related to criminal legal aid

At a meeting between lawyers from the USA, Canada, the UK, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine to discuss the role of the defence in criminal proceedings, attention was given to criticisms heard of the new Criminal Procedure Code.
Proposed cuts to Scotland's legal aid bill will not breach the right to a fair trial, the justice secretary said.
Yevhen Zakharov, Co-Chair of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group, comments on the new Criminal Procedure Code which came into force on 20 November.
On 20 November the new Criminal Procedure Code came into force. Among the new features is the so-called “agreement with the investigators” drawn up at the initiative of the Prosecutor or the suspect or accused.
This joint statement makes comprehensive recommendations for amendments to the European Union Council’s General Approach to the Directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and on the right to communicate upon arrest (Measure C1) to ensure that the Directive upholds the minimum human rights standards for fair trials.
Independent analysis of criminal justice in European Union finds Greece, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania are worst offenders.
In a major report published this week, Fair Trials International reveals the extent to which EU countries are abusing the fundamental rights to liberty and a fair trial in their criminal justice systems.
The basic tenet of a fair trial is that the defendant must understand what he or she is charged with, what the process entails and how they can best defend themselves. We currently breach this important aspect of our legal system in a number of ways.
A new book on Effective Criminal Defence in Eastern Europe has been published. This book is devoted to criminal defence in Eastern Europe, based on a research project conducted in Bulgaria, Georgia, Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine during 2010 and 2011.
"You have the right to… - a Letter of Rights". A new law to ensure defendants' right to information during criminal proceedings throughout the European Union has been published in the Official Journal – the EU's statute book.