If the Court finds your rights have been violated, you can earn a “just satisfaction”, which represents a certain amount of money.
Apart from that, the court can determine general or individual measures. General measures are predicted in order to fulfill the obligations prescribed in the judgment by the state member. These can be changes in the legislature or in the practice of a member state. Individual measures mean reopening a procedure at the national level in the event that the procedure was illegal, destroying information obtained by violating the right to privacy, etc.
Anyway, be aware that the court will not communicate with the member state which is responsible for the violation and it will not give you information about the regulations that are in force in the country responsible for the violation.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe is responsible for the execution of judgments. Therefore, the Court has no jurisdiction over this part of the procedure.
It is possible to challenge the judgment of the Court, should new facts be discovered that could be crucial for the outcome of the case and were unknown to the party at the moment of giving the judgment.
The aim of writing this text is to present the most important information about the procedure before the Court to you. We have been guided by the frequently asked questions by our clients. Moreover, it serves to represent a general overlook about the functioning of this system and help you make a decision if you are interested to lodge an application. Keep in mind the complex structure of this procedure and consequently, it is advisable to contact a person which is familiar with the practice of the European Court in Strasbourg.