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Helsinki Administrative Court Decision of 15 September 2004

15 September 2004 | Judicial Body: Finland: Helsinki Administrative Court | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Habitual residence | Countries: Finland - Palestine, State of

Finland: Act No. 301/2004 of 2004, Aliens Act

30 April 2004 | Publisher: National Legislative Bodies / National Authorities | Document type: National Legislation

Supreme Administrative Court Decision of 21 April 2004

21 April 2004 | Judicial Body: Finland: Supreme Administrative Court | Document type: Case Law | Countries: Finland - Serbia

Supreme Administrative Court Decision of 8 March 2004

8 March 2004 | Judicial Body: Finland: Supreme Administrative Court | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Freedom of expression - Freedom of speech - Persecution based on political opinion - Well-founded fear of persecution | Countries: Finland - Nepal

Helsinki Administrative Court Decision of 5 February 2004

5 February 2004 | Judicial Body: Finland: Helsinki Administrative Court | Document type: Case Law | Countries: Finland - Russian Federation

Directorate of Immigration Decision of 14 January 2004

14 January 2004 | Judicial Body: Finland: Directorate of Immigration | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Visas | Countries: Finland - Iran, Islamic Republic of

N. v. Finland

23 September 2003 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Decision on admissibility | Countries: Congo, Democratic Republic of the - Finland

Nationality Act (359/2003)

1 June 2003 | Publisher: National Legislative Bodies / National Authorities | Document type: National Legislation

U.S. v. Finland

Display in UN document template Original: ENGLISH

15 May 2003 | Judicial Body: UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Deportation / Forcible return - Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Expulsion - Non-refoulement - Refoulement | Countries: Finland - Sri Lanka

Lagerblom v. Sweden

This judgment will become final in the circumstances set out in Article 44 § 2 of the Convention. It may be subject to editorial revision. The applicant is a Finnish national who settled in Sweden in the 1980s. In February 1993, he was charged with a criminal offence. He was convicted in May 1994. The sentence was confirmed in appeal in June 1995. During the whole procedure, the applicant, for whom a lawyer was appointed, spoke in Finnish and submitted documents in Finnish. He also wanted to be represented by a different lawyer, one who understood Finnish. Before the Court he complained on the basis of Art. 6 § 3 of the ECHR, that he was not allowed to be defended by a lawyer of his choice. As a consequence his appointed lawyer, who did not or understand speak Finnish, could not carry out his duties properly. The Court started by saying that the right to chose one's lawyer was not absolute, notably when free legal aid is concerned. In appointing lawyers domestic courts should have regard to the wishes of the accused but these can be overridden when necessary for the interests of justice. In this case, the Court noted that the applicant's command of Swedish was sufficient to communicate with his lawyer and that in any case interpretation was provided during the hearings and when submitting documents in Finnish. For all these reasons, the Court decided that there was no breach of Art. 6 § 3 of the ECHR.

14 April 2003 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Countries: Finland - Sweden

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