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The European Court of Human Rights has notified in writing on 17th of September 2013 the following nine Chamber Judgments - none of which are final.
The use of outdated Penal Code provisions and abuses by police against poor persons and sex workers specifically has caused some concern among many working on legal and human rights issues in Malawi.
An overhaul of legal aid may lead to a significant number of people not being represented in court by a solicitor or barrister, the country's most senior judges have warned the Justice Secretary.
Chris Grayling has announced a climb-down over legal aid reforms that would have restricted public funds to a handful of big law firms.
Suspects or accused persons will be entitled to access to a lawyer before the start of any questioning by the police and throughout criminal proceedings wherever they are in the EU, under a deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on 28 May and endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday.
The Open Society Justice Initiative has welcomed an agreement between the European Parliament and European Council on a new EU directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings.
The European Commission, Parliament and Council have this month reached agreement on the text of a Directive which will guarantee the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and to communicate upon arrest.
Viviane Reding - Vice President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice.