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The right to a fair trial 27/11/2013 The European Commission has put forward a package of proposals to further strengthen procedural safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings.

The right to a fair trial

The European Commission has put forward a package of proposals to further strengthen procedural safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings. The aim is to guarantee fair trial rights for all citizens, wherever they are in the European Union.

The proposals aim to guarantee the respect for the presumption of innocence and the right to be present at trial; make sure children have special safeguards when facing criminal proceedings; guarantee access of suspects and accused to provisional legal aid at the early stages of proceedings and especially for people subject to a European Arrest Warrant.

"Today’s proposals will make sure that citizens have proper access to legal aid when they are most vulnerable, that child suspects have special safeguards, and that the core principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is made effective across the EU,” said Vice-President Viviane Reding the EU's Justice Commissioner.  “Citizens should expect a similar level of protection when they travel in the EU as they find at home."
 

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