Know your rights?

Know your rights?

Article 6 of ECHR states that: “In the determination of his civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge against him, everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law. Judgment shall be pronounced publicly but the press and public may be excluded from all or part of the trial in the interest of morals, public order or national security in a democratic society, where the interests of juveniles or the protection of the private life of the parties so require, or the extent strictly necessary in the opinion of the court in special circumstances where publicity would prejudice the interests of justice". In “Perez v France" (2004) it was held that "the right to a fair trial holds so prominent a place in a democratic society that there can be no justification for interpreting Article 6 of the Convention restrictively.