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Short Update: French Court rejects application to order government to provide lawyers and suspects with protective equipment

FairTrialsAdmin - April 29, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Access to a lawyer

On 14 April 2020, various French professional organisations, including Paris and Marseille Bar associations, filed an application to order the government to provide lawyers and suspects with masks and hydroalcoholic gel notably during police custody, and when preparing for hearings in the context of summary proceedings. In its decision published on 20 April 2020, the Court rejected the application, but nonetheless stated that the State should help lawyers get masks, as they participate in the judiciary public service, and should provide hydroalcoholic gel when social distancing is not possible, which is often the case, notably in police premises. 

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