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EU Commissioner for Justice admits not all EU courts are safe
Date 12/02/2016 17:46  Author webmaster  Hits 1480  Language Global
Trial by jury, the presumption of innocence and habeas corpus can only be fully upheld and respected if we leave the EU and its plethora of sub-standard judicial practices - UKIP MEP Diane James.

UKIP Press Release

Publicising the adoption of new rules to ensure presumption of innocence across the EU today, the European Commissioner for Justice said that “today, there are still some disparities in the protection of the presumption of innocence across the European Union. The new common rules will guarantee that the rights of citizens involved in criminal proceedings are respected by police and judicial authorities.”

Responding, UKIP Justice and Home Affairs spokeswoman Diane James MEP said:

“So we have got the EU Commissioner for Justice admitting that not all EU judges/courts are safe and fair yet. Doesn't that make the case against the European Arrest Warrant for us?

The whole point of the European Arrest Warrant is that innocent people can be extradited to another EU state and put in jail before being convicted. This is the very opposite of presumption of innocence as we have in the tried and tested British legal system.

Trial by jury, the presumption of innocence and habeas corpus can only be fully upheld and respected if we leave the EU and its plethora of sub-standard judicial practices.”

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European Commission Press release

Right to a fair trial: New rules to guarantee presumption of innocence

Brussels, 12 February 2016

Today, Ministers from the EU Member States have adopted new rules that will guarantee the presumption of innocence of anyone accused or suspected of a crime by the police or justice authorities. The Directive also ensures that everyone benefits from the right to be present at their trial.

Today, Ministers from the EU Member States have adopted new rules that will guarantee the presumption of innocence of anyone accused or suspected of a crime by the police or justice authorities. The Directive also ensures that everyone benefits from the right to be present at their trial. The new rules, proposed by the Commission in 2013 (IP/13/1157), will ensure these fundamental rights are fully and equally respected on the ground across the EU.

Commissioner Vĕra Jourová, EU's Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, said: "The right to a fair trial is a fundamental right and must be respected in practice everywhere in Europe. Today, there are still some disparities in the protection of the presumption of innocence across the European Union. The new common rules will guarantee that the rights of citizens involved in criminal proceedings are respected by police and judicial authorities. Before the verdict, anyone accused should be protected by the presumption of innocence. A fair trial also requires suspects to benefit from the right to remain silent and to be present at their trial. This will help build a true European Area of Justice and Fundamental Rights based on mutual trust. "

The new rules apply to all people suspected or accused in criminal proceedings. They will enforce the following fundamental rights:

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