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European Court Of Human Rights

Volume 401: debated on Thursday 20 March 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans she has to make representations to the Council of Europe to secure an amendment to the European Court of Human Rights rules of procedure to the effect that detailed reasons for its decisions declaring cases inadmissible in committee are given. [103281]

None. Whether reasons are given is a matter for the Court. The Court has ceased to write explanatory letters in these circumstances as part of its attempts to streamline its procedures in order to deal with its backlog of cases (35,000, and rising at the rate of 1,000 per month). Cases declared inadmissible by a Committee of three judges are often vexatious and clear-cut.