- The Constitutional Court
KI186/18 Applicant: Ðeljalj Kazagić, Constitutional review of Decision Pml. No. 1168/2018 of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kosovo, of 3 August 2017
KI186/18 Resolution on Inadmissibility, approved on 8 May 2019, published on 7 June 2019
Keywords: individual referral, criminal procedure, right to fair trial, ratione materiae, inadmissible referral
The Applicant alleged that the regular courts, by rejecting his requests for reopening of the criminal proceedings, violated Article 31 [Right to Fair and Impartial Trial] of the Constitution, claiming that he was prevented from participating in the session of the Court of Appeals.
The Court after assessing the case as a whole, concluded that Article 6 of the Convention does not apply to proceedings for the reopening of a criminal case, because a person whose sentence has become final and who applies for his case to be reopened, during this proceeding (of reopening) is not charged with a criminal offence within the meaning of Article 6 of the Convention. For this reason, the Court considered that the Applicant’s allegations pertaining to the rejection by the regular courts of his request for reopening of the criminal proceedings as such are incompatible ratione materiae with the Constitution, because Article 31 of the Constitution, in conjunction with Article 6 of the Convention do not apply. Therefore, the Court concludes that the Applicant’s Referral, in accordance with Rule 39 (3) (b) of the Rules of Procedure, is inadmissible.
KI – Individual Referral
Referral is ratione materiae outside jurisdiction of the Court