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Right to a fair trial


Article 6

Everyone is entitled to a fair public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent, impartial tribunal. All persons charged with an offence shall be presumed innocent until proven guilty. They have the right to be defended by a lawyer. They must be promptly informed in detail, in a language which they understand, of the nature and the cause of the charge brought against them. All defendants must also have the necessary time and facilities to prepare their defence, conduct their own defence or obtain assistance from counsel of their choice, or be assisted free of charge by an interpreter if they do not understand or speak the language used at the hearing. The tribunal must be independent and impartial, and be established by law. Despite the justice reports of the last few years, proceedings must not be of undue length considering what is at stake in the proceedings. The right to a fair trial has pride of place in a democratic society.

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