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Discussing equality of arms in criminal proceedings together with Lawyers in Georgia

Tbilisi 3-4 and 12-13 December
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Series of training seminars on rights to privacy and equality of arms in criminal proceedings for two groups of lawyers involving national experts were held on 3-4 and 12-13 December.

The aim of the seminars was to familiarize around 45 participants with the most recent case-law of the European Court of Human Rights standards on fair trial and right to privacy. Lawyers overviewed main principles of a fair trial, including adversarial proceedings; equality of arms, admissibility of evidence obtained as result of ill-treatment and misused power by representatives of law enforcement agencies, hearsay rules and guarantees against self-incrimination. In addition, important aspects related to the protection of personal information, privacy, and family life were discussed.

Training seminars were organised in the framework of EU/CoE joint project “Strengthening the Application of the European Convention on Human Rights in Georgia”, within the EU-CoE Partnership for Good Governance.