United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems (A/RES/67/187)

A/RES/67/187
03/10/2012

 

United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems

The General Assembly,

Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,1 which enshrines the key principles of equality before the law and the presumption of innocence, as well as the right to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, along with all the guarantees necessary for the defence of anyone charged with a penal offence, other minimum guarantees and the entitlement to be tried without undue delay,

Recalling also the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 2 in particular article 14 thereof, which states that everyone charged with a criminal offence shall be entitled to be tried in his or her presence and to defend himself or herself in person or through legal assistance of his or her own choosing or assigned to him or her where the interests of justice so require, in a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law, (...)