Legal advice in criminal proceedings in the Federal Republic of Germany
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Certain components of the British system of legal aid, especially the duty solicitor scheme, could beneficially be introduced in modified form into German criminal procedure. Conversely, some points of German law could benefit the British system, such as less rigid adherence to the autonomy principle. With the increasing integration of the European states, and particularly the abolition of internal border controls, it is time to think closely not only about harmonizing the economic structures of the European Community member states but also about creating human rights protections at the Community level, which is inextricably connected to access to competent legal advice in criminal proceedings.
KeywordsMember State Community Member Federal Republic Economic Structure European State
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