Protocol No. 14bis allows, pending the entry into force of Protocol No. 14, the application of two procedural elements of Protocol No. 14 with respect to those States that express their consent:
· a single judge will be able to reject manifestly inadmissible applications, whereas now this requires a decision by a committee of three judges.
· the competence of three-judge committees is extended to declare applications admissible and decide on their merits where there already is a well-established case law of the Court. Currently, these cases are handled by chambers of seven judges.
The provisions of Protocol No.14bis shall apply to applications pending before the Court against each of the States for which the Protocol has entered into force. States may provisionally apply the provisions of Protocol No. 14bis before its entry into force, if they so wish.