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Fair Trials rounds off two years of successful training

editor - May 29, 2016 - access to a lawyer, right to information, training

Fair Trials has just concluded a successful two year training programme, supported by the EU Commission. Between 2014 and 2016, we worked in partnership with 5 NGOs to deliver training to over 220 lawyers from all 28 EU Member States.
fair trials training 2Our programme was designed to provide targeted and practical support to defence lawyers, who work day in, day out as the front-line defenders of the human right to a fair trial. They are crucial to ensuring that new EU procedural rights laws that Fair Trials helped to secure are being used in practice to protect their suspects’ rights and to challenge systemic abuse.
Dr. Iris Killinger - Defence Lawyer, Germany, made clear why this training is necessary for German practitioners: ‘Most of the German defence lawyers and defence practitioners are not aware of the possibilities that the Roadmap Directives give in day to day work.’
The two day courses provided key information on a number of EU directives; the Right to Interpretation and Translationthe Right to  Information and the Right of Access to a Lawyer.
Sébastian Lanoue- a lawyer in Luxembourg highlighted the need for the Directives and the training, explaining that the 'Criminal Procedure Code in Luxembourg doesn't give the lawyers or those accused so [many] rights, this is a problem we're facing every day.'
Salwador Milczanowski , a Polish defence lawyer explained that regarding access to information, and letters of rights, that in "Poland, people are informed of their rights during criminal proceedings. However, such information is usually very formal, so it is not understoof properly and sometimes it can make execution of right to defence impossible if its provided at the stage when the person still doesn't have a lawyer."
Dr. Killinger also commented on the right to information: ‘I am quite sure that the use of the remedies of the EU law in criminal proceedings will definitely improve our system and facilitate things for accused persons in Germany.’
Guides for the EU Directives, including the Right to Information mentioned above, and the Right to Interpretation and Translation are also available as part of our online training. It has been recognised by the European Commission that training lawyers in the EU is central to ensuring that criminal defence rights are protected, and so although our current training project has ended, we continue to have a wealth of online training available 24/7, absolutely free through our website. See our full online training page here, and a full page of training videos here.
Our particular thanks to the European Commission for their funding toward this work.

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please telephone Fair Trials’ press department on 020 7822 2370 or 07950 849 851.

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European-commission-300x200All of this training is provided free of charge and is made possible through generous support from the European Commission.

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please telephone Fair Trials’ press department on +44 (0) 20 7822 2370 or +32 (0) 2 360 04 71.

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