While State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Rutte II cabinet, Fred Teeven (VVD) implemented budget cuts on legal aid after he realized that the PvdA would not make criminal stricter and implement minimum punishments, weekly newspaper De Groene Amsterdammer reports. "It's another way to achieve the same effect", the newspaper quotes him. Lawyers in the Netherlands are furious.
The associations for public defenders NVSA and NVJSA filed a lawsuit against the Dutch state over Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice and his rules for representing suspects during police interrogation. According to the public defenders, the compensation is way too low and the rules violate European regulations
According the lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops, the High Security Prison in Vught violates a lawyer's fundamental right to unimpeded access to their client. The prison also violates the right to a fair trial by eavesdropping on conversations of experts called in by a lawyer in the preparation of a criminal case.