Monday 7 March 2011

The Court's Practice Directions for Litigants

A special page of the website of the European Court of Human Rights is dedicated to practice directions. These directions contain clear and succinct information on a number of aspects of the procedures before the European Court and are mainly directed at lawyers litigating cases in Strasbourg. As highlighted earlier on this blog, there is a specific practice direction concerning requests for interim measures, as well as a special page with information on such measures. The other Practice Directions concern the following issues:

* Institution of proceedings
* Written pleadings
* Just satisfaction claims
* Secured electronic filing
* Requests for anonymity

A very useful - and essential - tool for lawyers in the process of lodging a complaint in Strasbourg.