Creating a fairer Britain
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.
Everyone has the right to a fair trial, and the courts have a duty to uphold this.
Things that make a trial fair include:
If you are charged with a criminal offence, you have the following minimum rights:
If any of these rights is not observed, your trial may not be fair.
The right to a fair trial goes beyond matters being properly dealt with in a court hearing: the whole legal process must be considered. For example, considering whether or not a trial is fair can include making sure that proper procedures have been followed by the police at the investigation and charging stages. It can require that any decision-making process should include an appeal stage.
The right to a fair trial also includes making sure you have access to the courts in the first place. Find out more about the right to a fair trial.