Online survey – DG JUST Study on Procedural safeguards for vulnerable adults as suspects or accused persons (PODALJŠAN ROK do 15. 9. 2021)


The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) has mandated Milieu Consulting to undertake an Exploratory Study on Procedural safeguards for vulnerable adults who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings. Attached please find an Accreditation letter from the Commission where you can find more information about the objectives of the Study.

In order to collect specific data, information, opinions and experiences relevant to the identification of problems on the protection of vulnerable adults as suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings (from the time when the vulnerable adult is suspected of having committed an offence until the conclusion of the proceedings), Milieu Consulting is carrying out an online survey, targeting different practitioners/organisations involved in the protection of vulnerable adults, including lawyers and lawyers’ associations.

The survey focuses on information/experiences in national and/or cross-border cases involving vulnerable adults who are suspects or accused persons, and it also includes questions on possible EU actions to address the problems identified.

Please note that the protection of children who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings is not covered by the survey, as children are already covered by Directive (EU) 2016/800 on procedural safeguards for children who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings. Victims of crimes are not included either.

The survey can be accessed at the following link: https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90367726/Procedural-safeguards-for-vulnerable-adults

Please note that if you do not find the appropriate answer/option to a question, you can always provide information in the open text boxes. The survey is in English, and answers, to the extent possible, should be provided in English.

The survey will be open until 15 September 2021.