Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 139 (Sep)
Court: European Court of Human Rights

Judges Pellonpää (President), Bratza, Pastor Ridruejo, Palm, Maruste, Pavlovschi, Garlicki and Mr M O'Boyle (Section Registrar)

Judgment Dates: 24 September 2002


Human rights - Fair hearing - Criminal offence - Right to interpreter - Applicant charged with criminal offences - Applicant alleging lack of proficiency in English language - Judge not providing applicant with interpreter - Whether violation of right to fair hearing - European Convention on Human Rights, arts 6(1), 6(3)(e).

The Case

Where the applicant had pleaded guilty to serious charges and faced a heavy prison sentence and the judge had failed to reassure himself that the absence of an interpreter at the sentencing hearing would not prejudice the applicant's full involvement in a matter of crucial importance for him, there had been a violation of art6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights taken in conjunction with art6(3)(e).

Practice Areas

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