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November 2012

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.

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Yevhen Zakharov, Co-Chair of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group, comments on the new Criminal Procedure Code which came into force on 20 November.

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Proposed cuts to Scotland's legal aid bill will not breach the right to a fair trial, the justice secretary said.

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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.

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