The right to a defence in the criminal procedure of the young spanish democracy

Author:Juan-Luis Gómez Colomer
Position::Professor of Criminal Procedural Law, Jaume I University, Castellón, Spain

Although the designated topic for discussion is the technical right to a defence in Spain, I consider it opportune to give a brief overview of the current criminal procedural situation in my country. Spain is a young democracy of only 35 years in which sovereignty was returned to the people with the 1978 constitution, the moment that marked the beginning of a period during which we have enjoyed... (see full summary)

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