May 25 2019

Violation of right to fair trial tops verdicts by top Turkish court in 2019

The violation of the right to fair trial took the lion’s share of verdicts delivered by Turkey’s Constitutional Court during the first three months of 2019, which saw 9,829 individual applications, independent news site Diken reported.

In the first three months of this year, the court delivered 293 verdicts pertaining to the violation of the right to fair trial - including the right to be tried within a reasonable time - which has comprised 55.2 percent of verdicts by the court since 2012, it said.

The court has delivered verdicts on 7,958 of the total 9,829 applications this year, Diken said, noting that the verdicts on the ruling on the violation of property rights and freedom of expression placed second and third with 31 and 3.6 percent, respectively, in the court’s top rulings.

Other rulings on violations that followed pertained to the violation of the protection of private life, personal freedom and safety and discrimination.

In an initiative supported by the Council of Europe, the right to individual applications to the Turkish Constitutional Court was enacted on Sept. 24 2012, as part of an effort to alleviate the build-up of applications from Turkey to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

The ECHR, where Turkey tops the number of rights violations, accepts applications only if the domestic legal objections are exhausted. 

The Turkish Constitutional Court has received a total of 221,494 applications since 2012, with this number catapulting from 1,342 in 2012 to 80,756 in 2016.