UN Human Rights Committee, Concluding Observations: Slovakia (1997) (excerpts)

UN Human Rights Committee, Concluding Observations: Slovakia (1997) (excerpts)

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19. The Committee also notes with concern that the right to free legal assistance provided for by article 14, paragraph 3 (d), of the Covenant does not seem to be guaranteed in all cases, but only in cases for which the maximum penalty is more than five years' imprisonment. It further notes with concern that although the law provides for the assistance of a lawyer immediately after arrest, many cases of failure to respect this right during police custody were reported. Therefore:
the Committee recommends that legislation regulating the provision of free legal assistance be reviewed to ensure that it conforms to the Covenant, and that the implementation of laws and regulations governing the presence and assistance of lawyers be closely monitored.