THE PRINCIPLE OF EQUALITY OF ARMS - CASES VERSUS MACEDONIA IN FRONT OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

  • Katerina Krstevska Savovska Associate Professor, PhD
Keywords: Fair trial; Equality of arms; Macedonia

Abstract

The right to a fair trial as stipulated in the Article 6 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, encompasses in itself several principles among which is the principle of equality of arms. Having in mind the request the criminal procedure to be fair, which implies the principle of equality of arms to be respected, the Paper shall focus on two Macedonian cases - Case of Stoimenov and Case of Duško Ivanovski. In addition, the Paper shall focus on the relevant documents and judgements, and shall give a special attention to the Court’s statement in which it recalls that the principle of equality of arms is part of the wider concept of a fair hearing within the meaning of Article 6 Paragraph 1. Namely, it requires a “fair balance” between the parties: each party must be afforded a reasonable opportunity to present their case under conditions that do not place them at a disadvantage vis-à-vis their opponent or opponents.

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Published
2020-11-27
Section
Criminalistic and Criminal Justice Aspects in Solving and Proving of Criminal Of