Legal Analysis

France's criminal legal system reform: written contribution

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Fair Trials has submitted a written contribution to the French government regarding the reform of its criminal legal system.

The contribution highlights a number of issues including:

  • The growing use of accelerated procedures with the aim of ‘simplifying the criminal procedure’;
  • France’s also failure to respect basic procedural safeguards including the right to access a lawyer;
  • France’s expansion of the use of the electronic bracelet has failed to address severe prison overcrowding; and
  • The demands of civil society, especially of racialised groups, are not mentioned anywhere in the reform project.