Consequently, the Government believed here that the six-month rule had been observed. By employing the six-month rule, the majority thus pulled the rabbit out of the hat. That must have come as a pleasant surprise for the Government! Indeed, not only had the Government been unaware that there was a rabbit to be pulled, they had not even equipped themselves with the hat. And now (also in the context of that pending case), they could say “why bother, if the Grand Chamber has rabbits in ample supply?” – and hats too!
Joint partly dissenting, partly concurring opinion of judges Yudkivska, Vehabovic and Kuris in Radomilja and Others v. Croatia [GC], no. 37685/10, 20 March 2018