- Related themes:
- Defendants’ rights
- Publication date:
- 27 September 2019
Rights in practice: access to a lawyer and procedural rights in criminal and European arrest warrant proceedings
Protecting the rights of anyone suspected or accused of a crime is an essential element of the rule of law. Courts, prosecutors and police officers need certain powers to enforce the law – but trust in the outcomes of their efforts will quickly erode without effective safeguards. Such safeguards take on various forms, and include the right to certain information and to a lawyer.