(TiPANSLATION) 7'IfE LAW iExtract) I . The applicant complains of the Iength of the proceedings before the Locri civil court, relying on Article. 6 para. I of ite Convention, which guarantees to e'veryone the right "in the detercnination of his civil rights and obligations . . . to a fair and public hearing within a reascnable time by a . . . tril>unal" . 'rhe Commission rtotes that the dispute brought before ihe Locri eeurt concerns the division of an estate and thus relates to "civil rights and obligations" wiithin ttie meaning of Article 6 ol'the Convention, which is therefore applicable in this case . As to ttte period to be considered, the Commission notes that the Locri Court, beforr, whicti the case was brought on 27 August 1975, passed judgment only on 16 December 1986 . The applicant, nowever, (lid not become a party to the proceedings until 10 March 1982 . The Ccmmission further notes that, uncler the terms of Article 6 para . I of the Convention, the applicant was entitled to a fair and public hearing of his case ("sa cause" in the French te(t) within a reasonable time, e.nd that it was only on 10 March 1982 that the court was called upon to decide or the determination of his civil righrts and obligations . It is, tterefore, only in respect of the part of the proceedings which took place alter that date that the Commission is called upon to consider the length . In so doing, however, the Commis<ion needs to take account of the stage which the proceedings had reached, since the applicant had taken over the proceedings, in accordance with Italian law, "in statu et terminis". The proceedings were therefore pending, before the Locri court for nearly 1 t 1/2 years, On the ottter hand, the period which the Commission is able to take into consideration is around 4 years and 9 months . 64