The pages showing the case-law of the European Court contain all the judgments passed by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in relation to the Republic of Croatia. The judgments have been translated into Croatian, and their original text in English appears on the English pages of the Constitutional Court under "Selection from the Case-Law of the European Court". The Croatian translations of the judgments are by the Directorate for Representation before the European Court of Human Rights, Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia, and the Constitutional Court is not responsible for their validity.
At present the judgments may be searched in two ways:
First, in "Case-Law of the European Court in Relation to the Republic of Croatia" the judgments are catalogued according to the rights and freedoms contained in the articles of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of the Council of Europe.
Each fundamental right contained in a particular Convention article is further subdivide into one or more sub-categories of the fundamental right.
Second, in “Search by the TEXT" the judgments may be searched for any word they contain.
Since words in Croatian are inflected according to number, gender and case, the Croatian text should be searched by inscribing the root of the word and adding an asterisk, * (for example, inscribing razum* will provide all the forms such as razum, razumnost, razuman, etc.).
The pages are regularly updated by new judgments.
The Constitutional Court is now preparing pages with the more important decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in relation to the Republic of Croatia.
This project was realised with the support of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OESC), Mission to Croatia.
In its judgments the European Court as a rule decides on:
- reaching a friendly settlement or solution,
- striking from the Court’s list an application that has already been found admissible.
In its decisions the European Court as a rule decides on:
- the admissibility or inadmissibility of an application,
- striking from the Court’s list an application that has not already been found admissible.
If no friendly settlement or other solution is reached and the competent Chamber of the European Court is satisfied, in the light of the parties’ arguments, that the case is admissible and ready for a determination on the merits, it shall immediately adopt a judgment including the Chamber’s decision on admissibility. Where the Chamber considers it appropriate, it may, after informing the parties, proceed to the immediate adoption of a judgment incorporating the decision on admissibility without having previously applied the above procedure. These are cases of the joint examination of admissibility and merits.
Guidance for Application:
Persons interested in bringing a case before the European Court should refer to the Notes for the Guidance of Persons Wishing to Apply to the European Court published in Croatian on the web page of the European Court.