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Lagerblom v. Sweden, No. 26891/95, ECtHR (Fourth Section), 14 January 2003


Right to a fair trial. Person belonging to a linguistic and ethnic minority. Right to documents of the proceedings and oral discussion translated by an interpreter. 

Normative references

Art. 6 ECHR


If a person, charged with a criminal offence, understands the language of the proceedings well enough for him/her to exercise his/her right to a defence, he/she cannot insist to have an interpreter appointed. This applies even when the person belongs to an ethnic and linguistic minority.

Decisions consistent with precedent

Bideault v. France, No. 11261/84, ECommHR (Plenary), 1 October 1986