Procedural Rights

The most up-to-date and relevant documents, press releases, academic comment, legislation, and case-law is collated and organised here in this fully-searchable central storage space. Here you can get an overall sense of the information available in the area of procedural rights or quickly find a specific document.

Stockholm Program—Swedish Procedural Rights Roadmap

Access to a Lawyer (Measure C1)


EU Legislation

The Directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings, was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union with a view to laying down minimum rules concerning the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and in proceedings for the execution of a European arrest warrant, the right to have a third party informed upon depri­vation of liberty, and the right to communicate with third persons and with consular authorities while deprived of liberty. The official summary of the legislation can be found here, but has not been updated since the legislative proposal was first published.

National implementing measures - laws and regulations passed at Member State level to implement the Directive - can be found on the Eur-Lex website.

Background and details on legislative negotiations can be found in the official documents section.

Directive 2013/48/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and in Europan 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

  • Document Number: 2013/48/EU
  • Document Date: Tue, October 22, 2013
  • File: Download File

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