Fair Trials has launched a series of innovative e-training courses designed to educate UK lawyers about EU defence rights. The courses provide practical guides to the Right to Information in Criminal Proceedings Directivethe Right to Interpretation and Translation Directive, and the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union in criminal proceedings.

The direct application of EU law is an area of law which has the potential to affect the lives of thousands of people accused of crimes each year. It is not something, however, that many criminal defence practitioners have started to take full advantage of yet. It is hoped that through this training and the access to practical information and advice it provides, the UK legal community will be given the tools to strengthen their knowledge and capacity to uphold suspects’ rights within their day-to-day casework.

The three courses are introduced by Fair Trials’ CEO Jago Russell, and are delivered by the Fair Trials’ Law Reform team in an engaging tutorial format, complete with sections which will allow participants to test their knowledge. The training is available electronically through the Fair Trials website, and allows for navigation within the training, meaning you can focus on areas which are of most relevance, or return to particular areas for future reference.

The right to a fair trial is one of the cornerstones of a just society. Fair Trials is a unique human rights charity that works to protect the right to a fair trial around the world and campaigns for fairer criminal justice systems. One of the ways in which we do this is by improving the capacity of defence practitioners to advance respect for fair trials by providing legal training. We hope that these courses will act as a one-stop resource for defence practitioners working on cases in the UK, and will provide useful up-to-date and relevant information rather than abstract explanations of the law.

This training has been made possible thanks to generous funding from the Legal Education Foundation, and pro bono support from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer