European Court of Human Rights - case of Weissman and Others v. Romania (2006) (excerpts)

European Court of Human Rights - case of Weissman and Others v. Romania (2006) (excerpts)

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40.  In contrast, the Court holds that the amount claimed from the applicants in order to lodge their action was excessive. As a result, they were implicitly obliged to abandon the action, which deprived them of the right to have their case heard by a court.

42.  Having regard to the circumstances of the case, and particularly to the fact that this restriction was imposed at an initial stage of the proceedings, the Court considers that it was disproportionate and thus impaired the very essence of the right of access to a court (see, mutatis mutandis, Teltronic­CATV v. Poland, no. 48140/99, 10 January 2006).