The applicant, Rozalia Avram, is a Romanian national who was born in 1947 and lives in Arad (Romania). The case concerns a building which belonged to the Catholic diocese of Oradea and which was transferred to State ownership under legislation on prescription.
A number of flats in the building were sold to the tenants, including Ms Avram. In 1998 the diocese sought to recover possession of the building before the domestic courts but its claim was dismissed by the Timişoara Court of Appeal. The diocese brought a fresh action to have the contracts of sale in respect of those flats declared null and void, and its claim was then upheld by the same Court of Appeal.
Relying on Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair hearing), Ms Avram complains of a breach of the principle of legal certainty on the ground that the Timişoara Court of Appeal annulled the contract of sale in respect of her flat, thus calling into question the previous judgment of that court. She also alleges that the annulment of the contract of sale in respect of her flat entailed a violation of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 (protection of property).
Press release ECHR 248 (2014) 10/09/2014