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The importance, in the eyes of Strasbourg, of the effectiveness of the preventive and compensatory remedies in case of breach of the reasonable time requirement

Maître de conférences à l’Université de Liège
Conseiller à la Cour d’appel de Liège


Géraldine FALQUE
Assistante à l’Université de Liège
Avocate au barreau de Liège

28 octobre 2014 - Cour eur. dr. h., Panju c. Belgique

The Belgian Government, on whom the burden of proof lies, has not shown that this compensatory remedy is garanteed in practice by the courts in the context of criminal proceedings. Accordingly, the remedy as currently organised in Belgium cannot be regarded as an effective means of complaining about the length of the criminal judicial investigation. The preventive remedies cannot, therefore, be regarded as effective in the present case. In fact, the Court noted that none of the measures in question was specifically directed at the delay which was the object of complaint.