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.

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.

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).

Dear Friends,

The future of global development is being decided now. At the UN, countries are discussing what should replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. The original MDGs were laudable, but targets for justice were left out.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

The European Commission has presented a package of proposals to further strengthen procedural safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings.

Over 120 leading criminal justice and human rights experts representing all 28 EU Member States have called on the EU to continue its work on fair trial rights.

The Justice Program of the Soros Foundation Moldova (SFM) is currently implementing the project “Enhancement of quality assurance tools and management of the legal aid system in Moldova”, which started in December 2012 and shall conclude in December 2014.

On November 12, ForUm held an online conference with director of the coordination center for legal assistance Andriy Vychnevski, during which the expert explained the system of free of charge secondary legal aid and how to use it.

Lawyers and NGOs from 5 more EU Member States have highlighted concerns about the protection of basic defence rights. They have also called on the EU and individual Member States to ensure that the EU’s new laws on procedural rights are fully implemented in order to prevent the routine violation of suspects’ rights.