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European Court of Human Rights: Judges

Volume 702: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether judges of the European Court of Human Rights or civil servants in the Court's registry decide which pending cases should be given priority and which judges should act as rapporteurs. [HL3987]

The decisions as regards which cases should be given priority, and which judges should act as rapporteurs, are matters for the judges of the European Court of Human Rights in accordance with the Rules of Court.

Rule 41 of the Rules of Court provides that “applications shall be dealt with in the order in which they become ready for examination. The Chamber or its president may, however, decide to give priority to a particular application”.

Rule 49 provides for the president of the section to which the case has been assigned to designate a judge as judge rapporteur in relation to individual applications. Under Rule 50, for Grand Chamber proceedings, the president of the Grand Chamber designates the judge rapporteur. Under Rule 48, regarding inter-state applications, the Chamber constituted to hear the case shall designate one or more of its judges as judge rapporteur.