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Administration of Justice

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This chapter looks at the physical aspects of the European Court of Human Rights, and its personnel – not only the judges, but also the rest of the staff. It discusses how judges are elected to the Court, and also looks at the backgrounds of the present judges. In addition, the chapter describes the organisation of the Court as the ‘playground’ of the judges; namely, how Chambers and Grand Chambers are composed and how clerks and judges interact. The system for handling cases is complicated. The way a case proceeds through the Court helps us to draw conclusions about the habits, traditions and inner logic inside the Court. Depending on the legal issue, the Court assembles in a three-judge committee, a Chamber of seven judges or a Grand Chamber of 17 judges. Most cases are decided by a three-judge committee, or a Chamber of seven judges.

Keywords: case law; European Court of Human Rights; judges



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