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Publication

JUSTICIA meeting on the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and their impact on criminal justice

May 19, 2020
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JUSTICIA European Rights Network (JUSTICIA) is a network of leading civil society organisations from across Europe who work together to promote the right to a fair trial.

On 21 April 2020, JUSTICIA arranged a call to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on criminal justice and the work undertaken by each organisation in response to it.

From discussions with JUSTICIA members, the following trends were identified from the COVID-19 monitoring work: 

  • Lack of information/monitoring on the impact of remote justice on procedural rights and the restrictions on open justice. 

  • Lack of planning/public information about planning for post-COVID 19 crisis and re-opening of courts, when backlog of delayed cases and hearings will have to be addressed. 

  • Differing approaches to selective release of prisoners, with some countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and Sweden) not releasing prisoners at all, despite overcrowding. 

  • Rule of law threats due to the processes used in the adoption of new legislation, and new criminal offences being enacted.  

  • Discrimination and targeting of certain communities.  

 

The notes from the meeting are available here.

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