Grand Chamber judgment concerning Bulgaria


In the case of Simeonovi v. Bulgaria, the Court held that there had been a violation of the prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment and that there had been no violation of the right to a fair trial.

The case concerned the absence of legal assistance for the first 3 days of the detention of the applicant, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, and the conditions of the detention and prison regime imposed on him.

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Webcast of the hearing (06/07/2016)

Factsheet: Police arrest/assistance of a lawyer Country profile - Bulgaria

Grand Chamber

  • Referral requests

    Referral requests

    On 29 May 2017, the Court will examine 20 Grand Chamber referral requests.

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  • Relinquishment


    The Chamber to which the case of Nicolae Virgiliu Tănase v. Romania had been allocated has relinquished it to the Grand Chamber.

    The applicant, who had a road accident in 2004 resulting in serious injuries, complains that the criminal investigation into the matter was ineffective and lacked the requisite promptness.

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    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber

  • Relinquishment


    The Chamber of the Court to which the case Denisov v. Ukraine had been allocated has relinquished jurisdiction in favour of the Grand Chamber.

    In this case the applicant complains that the proceedings for his dismissal from the post of President of the Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeal were unfair and not compatible with the Convention. He also complains that his dismissal was not considered by an independent and impartial tribunal, and that his private life was substantially affected by his dismissal.


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    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber Country profile - Ukraine Grand Chamber



  • Judgment concerning Iceland


    In the case of Johannesson and Others v. Iceland, the Court found a violation of the right not to be judged or punished twice in respect of the two individual applicants, and declared the case inadmissible in respect of the applicant company.

    The applicants argued that they had been prosecuted and punished twice for the same matter of inaccuracies in their tax returns, first by having to pay tax penalties and secondly in the form of a criminal conviction for aggravated tax offences.

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    Factsheet: Taxation

    Fiche thématique : Droit à ne pas être jugé ou puni deux fois


Official Visit

  • Visit to Cyprus

    Visit to Cyprus

    From 17 to 19 May 2017, President Guido Raimondi paid an official visit to Cyprus. On that occasion, he met Níkos Anastasiádis, President of Cyprus. He also met Demetris Syllouris, President of the Parliament. During his visit, President Guido Raimondi had a meeting with a delegation of Judges of the Supreme Court led by Judge Stelios Nathanael, and took part in the 127th Session of the Committee of Ministers. President Raimondi was accompanied by Georgios Serghides, judge elected in respect of Cyprus, and Patrick Titiun, Head of the Office of the President.



  • Forthcoming hearing


    In May 2017, the Court will be holding a Chamber hearing in the case of Sharxhi and Others v. Albania.

    The applicants complain about the demolition of their flats and their personal belongings in the coastal town of Vlora in the South of Albania.

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