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ECtHR changes delivery of single judge decisions 01/06/2017 The ECtHR has launched a new approach to the delivery of single judge decisions, allowing more detailed reasoning to be included.

ECtHR changes delivery of single judge decisions

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has launched a new approach to the delivery of single judge decisions, allowing more detailed reasoning to be included.

The approach relates to inadmissible cases, of which, until recently, there was a huge backlog - over 100,000 in 2011. This led to Protocol No. 14, which came into force in 2010, and allowed single judges to declare applications to the Court inadmissible. Applicants received a decision letter rejecting complaints in a global manner.

The backlog has now been eliminated, says the Court, and in light of the invitation of the Contracting States in the Brussels Declaration of March 2015, the Court has adopted a new procedure, allowing more detailed reasoning to be given.

The new approach balances concerns about the lack of individualised reasoning and the need to maintain an efficient process for handling inadmissible cases so as not to divert too many resources from examining potentially well-founded cases.

The new procedure, which comes into effect in June 2017, means that instead of a decision letter, applicants will receive a decision of the Court sitting in single judge formation in one of the Court’s official languages and signed by a single judge, accompanied by a letter in the relevant national language. The decision will include, in many cases, reference to specific grounds of inadmissibility. However, the Court will still issue global rejections in some cases, for example, where applications contain numerous ill-founded, misconceived or vexatious complaints.

Further details can be found here.

 

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