Van Hulst v the Netherlands, UN Human Rights Committee (1999) (excerpts)

Van Hulst v the Netherlands, UN Human Rights Committee Communication 903/1999 (excerpts)

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6.4 With regard to the author's claim that his right under article 14, paragraph 5, to have his conviction and sentence reviewed by a higher tribunal was violated, because the judgments other than that of 16 April 1996 by the Supreme Court did not give sufficient reasons for the courts' dismissal of his defence challenging the lawfulness of the evidence obtained, the Committee recalls that, where domestic law provides for several instances of appeal, a convicted person must have effective access to all of them. To ensure the effective use of this right, the convicted person is entitled to have access to duly reasoned, written judgments in the trial court and at least in the court of first appeal.