Worm v Austria: ECHR 29 Aug 1997

ECHR Preliminary objection rejected (six month period); No violation of Art. 10 – ‘The phrase ‘authority of the judiciary’ includes, in particular, the notion that the courts are, and are accepted by the public at large as being, the proper forum for the settlement of legal disputes and for the determination of a person’s guilt or innocence on a criminal charge; further, that the public at large have respect for and confidence in the court’s capacity to fulfil that function. ‘Impartiality’ normally denotes lack of prejudice or bias. However, the court has repeatedly held that what is at stake in maintaining the impartiality of the judiciary is the confidence which the courts in a democratic society must inspire in the accused, as far as criminal proceedings are concerned, and also in the public at large. It follows that, in seeking to maintain the ‘authority and impartiality of the judiciary’, the Contracting States are entitled to take account of considerations going – beyond the concrete case – to the protection of the fundamental role of courts in a democratic society.’
22714/93, (1998) 25 EHRR 454, [1997] ECHR 52, [1995] ECHR 99
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Updated: 27 March 2021; Ref: scu.165524