April 15, 2005
EU Considers Harmonizing Rights in Criminal Cases
"Under the proposal, suspects and defendants would be guaranteed their rights “without undue delay.”
That would include access to legal advice in a maximum of four hours and the free use of interpreters for foreign suspects unable to follow proceedings. Authorities would also be required to notify suspects of their rights in writing.
Those remanded in custody would also have the right to have their place of employment informed of the detention. The new guidelines would apply to both EU and non-EU citizens." Story here. [Jack Chin]
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