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The right of access to a lawyer 07/10/2013 The European Council of Ministers has formally adopted a directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings.

The right of access to a lawyer

The European Council of Ministers has formally adopted a directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings.  Member states will have three years after the entry into force of the directive to adopt the necessary national provisions.

The directive sets out minimum rules on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and in European arrest warrant proceedings; on the right to have a third party informed upon deprivation of liberty, and on the right to communicate, while deprived of liberty, with third persons and with consular authorities.

It is part of a Roadmap on criminal procedural rights, agreed by the Council in November 2009, which sets out a series of proposals aiming to establish common minimum standards on the rights of suspects and accused persons in criminal proceedings.
 

 

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