Access to justice guaranteed by law, but not in practice
FRA Director Morten Kjaerum: "For rights to be made effective, victims need to be able to enforce them by having their cases decided by a court or other similar body. However, FRA research shows that in practice there are a number of barriers to this."
For example, 22 of the 27 EU Member States apply the rule that the losing side in a court case should pay the legal costs of the winning side. The risk of losing puts victims off bringing cases, even if they have a strong claim.
The report reveals several problems that result in victims being deterred or unable to enforce their rights by taking cases to court:
The report also finds promising practices in some Member States, such as:
Related FRA publications on this issue:
Find the full report here: Access to justice in Europe: an overview of challenges and opportunities
For more background information, see national thematic studies.
For further information please contact the FRA Media Team
Tel.: +43 158 030 642
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