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Barbados

Constitution as adopted on 30 November 1966.

Article 13

    2. Any person who is arrested or detained shall be informed as soon as reasonably practicable, in a language that he understands, of the reasons for his arrest or detention and shall be permitted, at his own expense, to retain and instruct without delay a legal adviser of his own choice, being a person entitled to practice in Barbados as a barrister or solicitor, and to hold private communication with him; and in the case of a person who has not attained the age of sixteen years he shall also be afforded a reasonable opportunity for communication with his parent or guardian.

    6. Where a person is detained by virtue of such a law as is referred to in subsection (5), the following provisions shall apply - (a) he shall, as soon as reasonably practicable and in any case not more than five days after the commencement of his detention, be furnished with a statement in writing, in a language that he understands, of the grounds upon which he is detained;

Article 18

    2. Every person who is charged with a criminal offence... (b) shall be informed as soon as reasonably practicable, in a language that he understands and in detail, of the nature of the offence charged;...

    (f) shall be permitted to have without payment the assistance of an interpreter if he cannot understand the language used at the trial of the charge;

Article 22

    4. Where a person's freedom of movement is restricted by virtue of such a provision as is referred to in subsection (3)(a), the following provisions shall apply - (a) he shall, as soon as reasonably practicable and in any case not more than five days after the Commencement of the restriction, be furnished with a statement in writing, in a language that he understands, of the grounds upon which the restriction has been imposed;

Note: The complete text of the Constitution of Barbados is available through the Political Database of the Americas maintained by Georgetown University.


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