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Procedural Safeguards in the EU

  • Practical training for the daily practice of judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers and law enforcement officials

Cracow, 2 March 2017 – 3 March 2017
(simultaneous interpretation)
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From November 2016, the right in criminal proceedings to interpretation and translation, to information and to access to a lawyer must be guaranteed throughout almost all EU Member States thanks to the implementation of the respective EU Directives. Judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers, law enforcement officials as well as interpreters and translators will need to apply the new rights in their daily work.

Key topics

  • When is there a need for interpretation? What are the essential documents? What remedies exist? Key issues of the right to interpretation and translation under Directive 2010/64/EU.
  • When is the right time to hand out the letter of rights? What case material can be accessed? Key issues of the right to information under Directive 2012/13/EU.
  • Police questioning in the presence of a lawyer? Obligatory legal aid?
  • Key issues of the right to access to a lawyer under Directive 2012/13/EU and of the right to legal aid.
  • Main features of the Directives on presumption of innocence and procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings.
  • Current definitions in the case law of the ECtHR.
  • Getting started: the first case law of the CJEU, including I. Balogh (C-25/15) and G. Covaci (C-216/14)
  • Practical experiences from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Poland

Participation conditions

Fee: €150 including documentation, lunches and dinner. Costs for travel and accommodation are reimbursed (see below).

The number of places available for participants is limited. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Participants should come from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Malta and Poland. 

Travel costs up to €300 (including taxi costs) will be reimbursed by ERA upon receipt of the original receipts, tickets, boarding passes, invoices after the seminar. Participants are asked to book their own travel.

Two nights' hotel accommodation (1-3 March 2017) at the Polish School of Judges and Public Prosecutors in Cracow will be booked and reserved by ERA.

These rules do not apply to representatives of EU Institutions and Agencies who should cover their own travel and accommodation.

Participants who have already participated in the seminar 316DT65 in Trier from 8-9 December 2016 cannot register for this event.

Who should attend?

Judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers, law enforcement officials and legal interpreters and translators from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Malta and Poland. 

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Conference Organisers
ERA (Cornelia Riehle) in cooperation with the European Legal Interpreters and Translators Association (EULITA), the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA), the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) and the National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution (KSSiP)

Cornelia Riehle

Barbara Hense




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