Grand Chamber judgment concerning France

23/04/2015

In the case of Morice v. France, the Court held that there had been a violation of freedom of expression and right to a fair trial.

The case concerned the conviction of a lawyer, on account of remarks reported in the press, for complicity in defamation of the investigating judges who had been removed from the judicial investigation into the death of Judge Bernard Borrel.

Press release
Questions & answers concerning the judgment Morice v. France

Country profile - France

Delivery of the judgment Webcast of the hearing

Chamber

  • Judgment concerning “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

    30/04/2015 

    In the case of Mitrinovski v. “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, the Court found that the role of the President of the Supreme Court in the proceedings leading to a judge of the Skopje Court of Appeal dismissal on the grounds of professional misconduct, lacked impartiality, as he had both initiated the proceedings and subsequently participated in the decision.

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  • Judgment concerning Greece

    30/04/2015 

    In the case of Kapetanios and Others v. Greece, the Court found that the fact of ordering the applicants to pay administrative fines, even though they had been acquitted by the criminal courts of the same offence in respect of the same set of facts, was contrary both to the right to the presumption of innocence and to the right not to be tried or punished twice.

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  • Judgment concerning France

    23/04/2015 

    In the case of François v. France, the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to liberty and safety. The case concerned the placing of a lawyer in police custody after he had been assisting at the police station, in his professional capacity, a youth who was being held by the police.

    The Court found in particular that placing Mr François in police custody and subjecting him to a fullbody search and a blood alcohol test exceeded the security requirements and established an
    intention that was unconnected with the objective of police custody.

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Hearings

  • Hearings in May 2015

    29/04/2015 
    Hearings in May 2015

    The Court will be holding 3 hearings in May 2015, in cases concerning Switzerland, Andorra and Italy.


    The case of Bédat v. Switzerland concerns a journalist who was fined 4,000 Swiss francs (about 2,667 euros) for publishing documents in breach of the confidentiality of the judicial investigation in criminal proceedings; the case of Gouarre Patte v. Andorra concerns a doctor’s inability to obtain the revision of an ancillary penalty permanently disqualifying him from practicing medicine; and the case of De Tommaso v. Italy concerns the imposition on a person considered dangerous of a measure entailing special police supervision, together with a two-year compulsory residence order.

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    Calendar of hearings

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  • Grand Chamber hearing concerning France

    15/04/2015 
    Grand Chamber hearing concerning France

    The Court held a Grand Chamber in the case of Couderc and Hachette Filipacchi Associés v. France.
    The applicants, Anne-Marie Couderc, the publication director of Paris-Match, and the company Hachette Filipacchi Associés, which publishes the magazine, allege that the judgment against the magazine for publishing information on the private life of Prince Albert of Monaco amount to unjustified interference with the exercise of their right to freedom of information.

    Press Release, Factsheet: Right to the protection of one's image

    Country profile - France

    Webcast of the hearing 15/04/2015

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Official visits

  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands

    29/04/2015 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands

    On 29 April 2015, Ard van der Steur, Minister of Justice of the Netherlands, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Erik Fribergh, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians

    23/04/2015 
    Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians

    On 21 April 2015 Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians visited the Court, where they were received by President Spielmann. They were accompanied by H.E. Didier Reynders, Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Paul Lemmens, judge elected in respect of Belgium, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, were also present at the meeting. Their Majesties then inaugurated the exhibition ‘Human Rights according to the Cat’ in a ceremony attended by its creator, the cartoonist Philippe Geluck.

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Visit of the King and Queen of the Belgians

Grand Chamber

  • Referrals to the Grand Chamber

    23/04/2015 

    The Court has accepted the referral to the Grand Chamber of 2 cases.
    The case of Paposhvili v. Belgium concerns the decision to return a Georgian national from Belgium to Georgia and ban him from re-entering Belgian territory.

    The case of Buzadji v. the Republic of Moldova concerns the complaint by a businessman about his arrest and detention pending trial on charges of defrauding a State company.

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    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber

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