A substantial line of case-law1 has concerned the distinction between procedural restrictions on the right of access to a court2, which may fail to comprise a legitimate restriction on that right3, and limitations in domestic substantive law, which fall outside the scope of Article 6 on the basis that it does not guarantee any particular content for rights in domestic law4. While the European Court of Human Rights will look beyond appearances or labels and focus on the realities of the situation in deciding this question, strong reasons will be needed for the Court to depart from a comprehensive
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