Hudoc Judgment (Merits and just satisfaction) Violation of Art. 6-1; Non-pecuniary damage – financial award
The parties had been involved in an application for a declaration of paternity and maintenance. They began in 1980. Poland became a convention signatory in 1993. The proceedings were concluded in 2000.
Held: The court could only look at the time period after Poland became a signatory. Nevertheless the time taken by the proceedings was unreasonable, and a breach of the parties’ rights. Though both parties had undoubtedly suffered great stress and inconvenience over the years, damages would be limited to 6,500 Euros.
Mr G. RESS, President, Mr I. CABRAL BARRETO, Mr J. MAKARCZYK, Mr P. KURIS, Mr B. ZUPANCIC, Mr J. HEDIGAN, Mr K. TRAJA, judges, and Mr V. BERGER
Updated: 30 June 2022; Ref: scu.172164