231 10 hrcd [ 1999 ] ZIELINSKI and PRADAL & GONZALEZ and OTHERS v. FRANCE Right to a fair trial – violation Article 6, Section 1 Intervention by the State, through enacting retrospective legislation, in a lawsuit brought by the applicants rendered the proceedings unfair. The proceedings had taken more than a reasonable time. In a judgment delivered at Strasbourg on 28 October 1999 in the case of Zielinski and Pradal & Gonzalez and Others v. France , the European Court of Human Rights held unanimously that there had been a violation of Article 6 , Section 1 (right to a fair trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Under Article 41 (just satisfaction) of the Convention, the Court awarded the applicants specified sums for pecuniary and non-pecuniary damage and for legal costs and expenses. 1. Principal facts The case concerns eleven applications lodged by French nationals: on the one hand Benoît Zielinski and Patrick Pradal, who were born in 1954 and 1955 respectively, and, on the other, Jeanine Gonzalez, Martine Mary, Anita Delaquerrière, Guy Schreiber, Monique Kern, Pascal Gontier, Nicole Schreiber, Josiane Memeteau and Claude Cossuta, who were born in 1956 , 1953 , 1955 ,
Human Rights Case Digest – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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