Better fundamental rights protection - more effective criminal justice system

18.11.2016

FRA newly publish two new reports with detailed guidance for the EU and its Member States on how to boost the effectivity of the criminal justice system through enhanced fundamental rights protection.

The reports examine EU laws and how their use in varying national contexts affects individuals during criminal proceedings and sanctioning as well as before and after trial. They in particular show how rights protection can enhance trust between Member States in cross-border cases and how these laws can significantly improve the enjoyment of fundamental rights in the EU.

 ‘Rights of suspected and accused persons across the EU: translation, interpretation and information examines the right to interpretation and translation and the right to information of suspects and the accused. These rights ensure effective participation in criminal proceedings and overall fairness during trial, regardless of where in the EU the proceedings take place.

 ‘Criminal detention and alternatives in the EU: fundamental rights aspects in cross-border transfers’ examines issues of criminal detention and alternatives in cross-border transfers. Such mutual recognition between Member States depends on trust, which in turn hinges very much on fundamental rights. For instance, detention should be used as a last resort and alternatives used more, in line with human rights standards. As well as helping the reintegration process, alternatives to detention are often cheaper.