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)


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.

Directive 2012/13/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2012 on the right to information in criminal proceedings

  • Document Number: 2012/13/EU
  • Document Date: Tue, May 22, 2012
  • File: Download File

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