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

Right to Information (Measure B)

Adopted on 22 May 2012. A person, who is suspected of a crime should get information on his/her basic rights in writing, as well as information about the nature and cause of the accusation against him/her.

EU Legislation

The Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of European Union with a view to implementing the principle of mutual recognition of decisions in criminal matters. The Directive lays down rules concerning the right to information of suspects or accused persons, relating to their rights in criminal proceedings and to the accusation against them. It also lays down rules concerning the right to information of persons subject to a European Arrest Warrant relating to their rights. Official summaries of the legislation can be found here and here.

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.

Official documents

This section provides official documents detailing the history of negotiations between the EU institutions on the Directive on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings. The Directive, adopted in May 2012, was presented as a Commission proposal in July 2010. The final text was agreed between the Council and Parliament during numerous secret trilogues before subsequently being adopted after the European Parliament agreed the text at first reading.

The documents below are provided in chronological order, with the most recent first.

Submissions & Publications

This section presents the reports produced by JUSTICIA European Rights Network on topics related to the right to information.

News & Analysis

This section contains links to news articles and analyses relevant to the Directive on the Right to Information.

Case law Database

JUSTICIA European Rights Network