453 12 hrcd [ 2001 ] SIGURDSSON v. ICELAND Right to a fair trial – admissible Article 6, Section 1 Impartiality of a judge whose spouse’s debts were allegedly reduced by a bank party to the proceedings with which she was dealing. On 14 June 2001 a Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights declared admissible the application in the case of Sigurdsson v. Iceland . Summary of the facts The applicant instituted compensation proceedings against the National Bank of Iceland. The Supreme Court rejected his claim. He claims that he then became aware that one of the Supreme Court judges and her husband had strong financial ties with the bank. The judge’s husband allegedly had enormous debts with the bank and real property belonging to them was mortgaged as a security. The applicant further claims that the bank substantially reduced the debts while the case was under examination. His two requests to the Supreme Court to have the case reopened on the ground of the judge’s lack of impartiality were rejected. In his submission to the Court, the applicant alleged that his right to a fair hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal as guaranteed by Article 6 , Section 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights had been violated.
Human Rights Case Digest – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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