The Criminal Bar Association exists to represent the views and interests of the practising members of the criminal bar in England and Wales. At this time of unparalleled challenge to our survival the Criminal Bar Association is providing the credible leadership necessary to ensure an independent, excellent and strong source of specialist criminal advocacy. We run educational events for our members and are concerned to ensure that vulnerable people are properly represented in court.
Since its foundation in 1997 the ECBA (European Criminal Bar Association) has become the pre-eminent independent organisation of specialist defence lawyers in all Council of Europe countries.
The ECBA aims to promote the fundamental rights of persons under investigation, suspects, accused and convicted persons.
The ECBA consists of specialist defence lawyers in the member countries of the Council of Europe. Membership is open to all lawyers, whether practicing or in academic life, who support those aims.
The association holds conferences twice a year, in spring and autumn, during which members and non-members meet and discuss the latest developments in European criminal law. The ECBA also acts as a platform for lawyers to meet with lawyers from all member states and to exchange information and knowledge. Its website aims to give access to relevant information, laws, treaties and preparatory documents. At the members-section of the website lawyers can simply ask questions, look for lawyers they need in member-state countries, take part in committees preparing documents for several European projects, etc.
Although being wholly independent the ECBA has close links with the CCBE, and the ICB.
Supra-national bodies, such as the European Union, are increasingly influencing the future of criminal justice in Europe. Therefore, we believe, there is a strong need for an organisation of practising defence lawyers able to advocate rights and minimum standards for all suspected, accused and convicted persons.
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