JUDr. Michaela Štefunková, PhD., výzkumný pracovník, Institut pro kriminologii a sociální prevenci, Praha, email: mstefunkova@iksp.justice.cz

The following article aims to outline various options that are used in selected European countries for faster and easier processing of criminal cases in accordance with the provision of the right to a fair trial. The overview reflects the diversity of criminal procedural approaches within Europe and is focused on nine selected European countries.