European Court of Human Rights - case of K.D.B. v. the Netherlands (1998) (excerpts)

European Court of Human Rights - case of K.D.B. v. the Netherlands (1998) (excerpts)

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39.  Furthermore, the Court has on a number of occasions held that, provided that there has been a public hearing at first instance, the absence of “public hearings” before a second or third instance may be justified by the special features of the proceedings at issue. Thus, leave-to-appeal proceedings and proceedings involving only questions of law may comply with the requirements of Article 6, although the appellant was not given an opportunity of being heard in person by the appeal or cassation court (see, among other authorities, the Ekbatani v. Sweden judgment of 26 May 1988, Series A no. 134, p. 14, § 31).