Council adopts Directive on the right of access to a lawyer

Council adopts Directive on the right of access to a lawyer

Today the Council of the European Union adopted a Directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings.

The Directive sets out minimum rules on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and in European arrest warrant proceedings, on the right to have a third party informed upon deprivation of liberty, and on the right to communicate, while deprived of liberty, with third persons and with consular authorities.

 

Member states will have 3 years after the entry into force of the Directive to adopt the necessary national provisions.

 

Find out more: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/jha/138913.pdf