March 2014

In a leading judgment issued today (6 March 2014), the Supreme Court has sent the Government a clear message about the need to reform our laws to give greater protection to people questioned by An Garda Síochána.

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The handbook is intended as a practical guide to developing and implementing policies and programmes to ensure early access to legal aid, including by implementing the international standards set by the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.

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Stories of innocent people trapped in another member states’ judicial system are putting pressure on the European Commission to revise its pan-EU extradition rules.

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Since October 2013, EU countries have been legally obliged to ensure that anyone arrested or facing criminal charges receives adequate translation and interpretation to understand proceedings. LEAP member James Brannan – an expert lawyer and linguist – examines how France has addressed this new law.

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Last year, our nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the case of Gideon v. Wainwright (1963).

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