Topic: Criminal Justice

Fact Sheet

Legal Aid in Germany

This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer in Germany.

April 27, 2015
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Fact Sheet

Legal Aid in France

This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer in France.

April 2015
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Fact Sheet

Legal Aid in Finland

This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer in Finland.

April 2015
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Fact Sheet

Legal Aid in Belgium

This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own defense lawyer in Belgium.

April 2015
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Fact Sheet

Legal Aid in Ireland

This fact sheet summarizes the legal representation available to detainees and defendants who cannot afford their own defense lawyer in Ireland.

April 2015
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Voices

New UN Standards on Prisoners Will Strengthen Pretrial Justice

The members of the UN are moving to update global minimum standards on how prisoners should be treated, to take account of how the world has changed in the sixty years since they were first agreed.

April 13, 2015 | Marina Ilminska
Voices

How Paralegals Delivered Access to Justice in the Jails of Sierra Leone Grantee Spotlight

Timap for Justice sent community-based paralegals into police stations in Sierra Leone. The result? Around half the people they helped were released on bail; more than a quarter saw charges dropped altogether.

March 17, 2015 | Marina Ilminska & Zaza Namoradze
Briefing Paper

Lawyer at the Police Station Door: How REPLACE Provides Legal Aid in Nigeria

This 12-page illustrated brochure summarizes the successes achieved by a project that used duty solicitors to give detainees in Nigerian police stations early access to legal advice.

March 2015
First page of PDF with filename: pretrial-justice-brochure-nigeria-20150316_0.pdf
Briefing Paper

Innovative Efforts, Proven Results: How Timap for Justice Provides Legal Aid in Sierra Leone

This 12-page illustrated brochure summarizes the successes achieved by a community paralegal project in Sierra Leone that focused on providing front-line legal aid to pretrial detainees.

March 2015
First page of PDF with filename: pretrial-justice-brochure-sierraleone-20150316.pdf
Voices

Changing Places: A Former Prosecutor on the Grand Jury

After serving on a grand jury in Brooklyn, New York, a former federal prosecutor reflects on the experience, and sees a need for reform.

February 25, 2015 | James A. Goldston
Briefing Paper

Legal Aid in Europe: Minimum Requirements under International Law

This briefing paper summarizes the current minimum international legal standards on the right to legal aid, drawing on European human rights law and global principles and standards.

April 2015
First page of PDF with filename: ee-legal-aid-standards-20150427.pdf
Voices

Case Watch: ECHR and UK Find a Compromise on “Whole Life” Sentences

An ECHR ruling on “whole life sentences” shows how a heated confrontation with the UK has been resolved through constructive judicial dialogue.

February 04, 2015 | Marion Isobel
Voices

New Document Throws More Light on Mexico’s San Fernando Killings

A newly released document from the investigation into the 2010–11 massacres of migrants in San Fernando paints a picture of official connections to organized crime.

December 22, 2014 | Jesse Franzblau
Voices

Judicial Independence Under Threat in Guatemala

Recent events have shown that Guatemala’s justice system is still subject to powerful political and economic interests.

November 11, 2014 | Emi MacLean
Voices

Justice in Guatemala: New Efforts, Continuing Threats

Almost 20 years after the end of Guatemala’s bitter civil war, victims of human rights atrocities are still waiting for offenders to be brought to justice. Their quest is now at a critical crossroads.

October 30, 2014 | Emi MacLean & Iris Portillo
Voices

Case Watch: European Court Strengthens Anti-Torture Safeguards

A ruling on Spain’s use of incommunicado detention for terrorism suspects calls for safeguards to ensure that suspects are protected from the risk of torture.

October 07, 2014 | Marion Isobel
Litigation

Etxebarria v. Spain

A challenge to Spain’s anti-terrorism detention regulations argues that holding two suspects incommunicado without independent legal and medical advice created conditions for abuse.

Last update: October 06, 2014
Voices

Mexico’s Federal Prosecutor Must End Secrecy over San Fernando Massacres

Under Mexico’s new information laws, the federal prosecutors are not allowed to keep files on human rights abuses secret.

September 25, 2014 | Jesse Franzblau & Emi MacLean
Voices

Why the Overuse of Pretrial Detention Is an Overlooked Human Rights Crisis

Every year, millions find themselves behind bars, awaiting trial on criminal charges—victims of what is perhaps the most overlooked human rights crisis of our time: the overuse of pretrial detention.

September 12, 2014 | Martin Schoenteich
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Presumption of Guilt: 15 Arresting Facts about the Overuse of Pretrial Detention

There are an estimated 3.3 million people in jails around the world awaiting trial, or the finalization of a trial, at any one time—roughly a third of the world’s prison population. Many don’t need to be there.

September 12, 2014 | Jonathan Birchall
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