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Case law

Zdravko Stanev v Bulgaria

November 2012 - European Court of Human Rights

legal aid

The applicant argued that as an unemployed person with no income, he could not afford to appoint his own defence counsel and that the national court’s decision not to appoint a lawyer for him violated Article 6(3)(c) ECHR. The court upheld his complaint, stating that “the interests of justice demanded that, in order to receive a fair hearing, the applicant ought to have benefited from free legal representation during the proceedings”. The Court reached this decision having been satisfied that the cases fulfilled the two requirements for free legal assistance;  the applicant did not have the means to pay for legal assistance and,  due to the complexity of the legal proceedings, it was in the interest of justice that legal assistance was provided.

The full judgment is available here

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