Welcome to the European Court of Human Rights' applicant checklist. This checklist aims to give you guidance on your application to the Court. Before you answer the questionnaire, we would like to draw your attention to some facts and figures relating to admissibility.

Facts about admissibility

Did you know that 81% of all applications (a total of 45,576) decided by the Court in 2015 were declared inadmissible?

Applications disposed of in 2015 by decision
Applications disposed of in 2010 by decision
  • declared inadmissible
  • struck out of the list
  • judgment

The principal reasons why applications were declared inadmissible in 2015 were as follows:

  • 57% were rejected as manifestly ill-founded
  • In 14% of applications, the applicants did not exhaust domestic remedies
  • 11% were lodged more than 6 months after the final decision taken by a domestic court
  • 11% were rejected because the applicants wanted the Court to quash, rehear or revise decisions taken by domestic courts ("fourth instance")
  • 8% of applications were found to be incompatible with the provisions of the Convention or its Protocols
Principal reasons for the rejection of applications declared inadmissible in 2015
Principal reasons for the rejection of applications declared inadmissible in 2015
  • manifestly ill-founded
  • non-exhaustion of domestic remedies
  • lodged more than 6 months after the final domestic decision
  • The Court does not act as a court of appeal vis-à-vis domestic courts
  • incompatible with the provisions of the Convention or its Protocols
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