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European Court of Human Rights

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of cases resolved in the UK courts under the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 in respect of which leave to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights might otherwise have been sought; and if he will make a statement. (296042)

It is not possible to appeal directly from proceedings in UK courts to the European Court of Human Rights. Proceedings at the European Court of Human Rights take the form of a new application against the United Kingdom under the European convention on human rights, which may or may not relate to proceedings before the domestic courts. It is not therefore possible to make a direct numerical estimate of the effect of the Human Rights Act in resolving cases that may otherwise have been considered by the European Court of Human Rights.