Does The European Court of Human Rights defend Democracy?

The relationship between the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the UK Parliament and our national courts is complex and problematic. The 2012 Brighton Declaration called for ‘information, proposals and views’ on reforming the Strasbourg court. Subsequently, in 2014, The Council of Europe identified weaknesses at the ECHR including a backlog of cases, an inadequate level of resources and...
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What Price Justice?

In the recent Court of Appeal (CA) case of Lindner v. Rawlins, reported in the Times Law Reports on 7th April 2015 and for which judgment was given on 10th February 2015, three CA judges heard the appeal of a litigant in person from whom legal aid had been withdrawn. As the case involved issues of legal complexity that the litigant could not be expected to deal with and as he was not...
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