EUPOL COPPS delivers trainings on Right to a Fair Trial in six districts

EUPOL COPPS concluded an extensive training on Fair Trial for Palestinian Bar Association in six West Bank districts to further enhance the capabilities of 163 Palestinian lawyers on Fair Trial, including 65 female lawyers.

The sessions in the districts of Bethlehem, Nablus, Jenin, Tubas, Tulkarm and Hebron started in February and were concluded in October.

The method of the training has been to introduce participants – both practitioners and trainees – to various criminal cases. The training which was delivered by EUPOL COPPS, touched upon several topics such as the right to a counsel in the early stages of a criminal investigation and on the right of the accused to be informed of the charges in the beginning of the preliminary investigation or the setting of some other hearing, which gives rise to a clear official suspicion against the accused.

The fair trial rules have also been emphasized such as arbitrary arrests, the right not to be compelled to testify against oneself, the right to have facilities for the preparation of the defense, the presumption of innocence, publicity of a trial, the right to legal aid, the right to cross-examine witnesses and the right to an interpreter.

The legal instruments used in the training were the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Palestine Basic law and the Palestine Penal Procedure Code.