European Court of Human Rights - case of Silva Pontes v. Portugal (1994) (excerpts)

European Court of Human Rights - case of Silva Pontes v. Portugal (1994) (excerpts)

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39. The reasonableness of the length of proceedings is to be

determined in the light of the circumstances of the case and with

reference to the criteria laid down in the Court's case-law, in

particular the complexity of the case, the conduct of the applicant and

of the relevant authorities and what was at stake for the applicant in

the dispute (see, inter alia, the X v. France judgment of

31 March 1992, Series A no. 234-C, p. 90, para. 32). In connection

with the latter point, special diligence is called for in determining

compensation for the victims of road accidents; this is moreover

recognised by Portuguese law (see paragraph 10 above and the

Martins Moreira judgment, cited above, p. 17, para. 46).