Practice and Procedure

R (on the application of LUKE MATARA) v BRENT MAGISTRATES' COURT (2005)

PUBLISHED September 13, 2005

The court's refusal to grant legal aid in respect of criminal proceedings against the defendant, who had limited knowledge of the English language, on the basis, inter alia, that an interpreter would be available was unreasonable. The requirement that the proceedings be in a language that a defendant understood was merely one aspect of the requirement that a person must be able to effectively participate in criminal proceedings against him pursuant to the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 Art.6, and did not of itself negate the need for legal representation.

[2005] EWHC 1829 (Admin)