Although it is ultimately for the domestic authorities to decide how to secure effective access to court for its citizens1, it may in certain circumstances be incumbent on a state to fund legal assistance where it is indispensable for a person to present his case effectively to the court2. This may be the case where there exists a requirement in law for legal representation or by reason of the complexity of the procedures or subject-matter of a case3 or where the withholding of legal aid would make the assertion of a civil claim practically impossible or lead to an
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