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20 Jan 2016: The JUSTICIA European Rights Network has recently produced a Know Your Rights publication on the Right to Access a Lawyer. This pack explains the rights set out for suspected and accused persons under the Directive on Access to a Lawyer (Directive 2013/48/EU on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and in European arrest warrant proceedings, and on the right to have a third party informed upon deprivation of liberty and to communicate with third persons and with consular authorities while deprived of liberty).
The Directive lays down a number of minimum rights including:
-The right to access a lawyer;
-The right to have a third party informed of deprivation of liberty;
-The right to communicate with third persons while deprived of liberty;
-The right to communicate with consular authorities.
This guide would be useful for suspected and accused persons in criminal proceedings across Europe, as well as key stakeholders within the criminal justice system, including the police force, governmental departments, legal practitioners, and the judiciary. It will also be translated into a number of languages in the near future.