ECtHR issues guidelines for avoiding common application mistakes

Published: 1 May 2015

In January 2014 the revisions of Rule 47 of the Rules of Court entered into force. These revisions are designed to assist in the efficient sifting of incoming applications, saving time in the Court and Registry and allowing resources to be redeployed. This in turn has helped to diminish the overall backlog of cases, ensuring that they can be dealt with speedily.

In an attempt to assist lawyers and applicants in complying with the revised Rule 47, the ECtHR has issued guidelines for avoiding common application mistakes. These define clearly what should be included in a valid application, with the aim of reducing the percentage of incomplete submissions, which stood at 23% in 2014.