Two-day seminar on practical issues of the Criminal Procedure Code was organised for 25 judges specialised in criminal law in November in Yerevan. The proposed topics derived from execution of Gabrielyan v. Armenia group of cases that are under standard supervision of the CoE Committee of Ministers where the European Court of Human Rights among other issues also found unreasonable restriction of the right to examine witnesses whose testimony played a decisive role in securing the conviction (Article 6 § 3 of the ECHR).
The specific guarantees laid down in Article 6 § 3 exemplify the notion of fair trial in respect of typical procedural situations which arise in criminal cases, but their intrinsic aim is always to ensure the fairness of the criminal proceedings as a whole. The guarantees enshrined in Article 6 § 3 are therefore not an end in themselves, and they must accordingly be interpreted in the light of the function which they have in the overall context of the proceedings.
The training seminar was organised in cooperation with the Justice Academy within the framework of the Project “Support to the effective execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in Armenia”, implemented under the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia for 2023- 2026 and funded by Human Rights Trust Fund.