The European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) is a leading group of independent criminal defence lawyers in the Council of Europe

Please click here for the ECBA Response to the Commission’s Proposal for a Directive on Certain Aspects of the Presumption of Innocence and of the right to be present at trial.

It was sent on the 6th of November 2014 to the new Commissioner, Mrs Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner responsible for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality and to Oliver Tell, Director Unit B.1, Directorate General Justice, to all members of the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament, to all national ministries of justice in the 28 EU Member States and to our colleagues of national bars and of the CCBE.

Click here for the reply from Oliver Tell and here for the reply from Koen Geens, Minister of Justice of Belgium.