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Dominica

Constitution as adopted on 3 November 1978.

Article 3

    (2) Any person who is arrested or detained shall be informed as soon as is reasonably practicable and in any case no later than twenty-four hours after such arrest or detention, in a language that he understands, of the reasons for his arrest or detention.

Article 8

    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.

Article 15

    (1) When a person is detained by virtue of any such law as is referred to in section 14 of this Constitution the following provisions shall apply, that is to say: (a) he shall, as soon as reasonably practicable and in any case not more than seven days after the commencement of his detention, be furnished with a statement in writing in a language that he understands specifying in detail the grounds upon which he is detained;

Article 31

    (1) Subject to the provisions of section 32 of this Constitution, a person shall be qualified to be elected as a Representative if, and shall not be so qualified unless, he- c) is able to speak and, unless incapacitated by blindness or other physical cause, to read the English language with a degree of proficiency sufficient to enable him to take an active part in the proceedings of the House. (2) Subject to the provisions of section 32 of this Constitution, a person shall be qualified unless, he- c) is able to speak and, unless incapacitated by blindness or other physical cause, to read the English language with a degree of proficiency sufficient to enable him to take an active part in the proceedings of the House.

Note: The complete text of the Constitution of Dominica can be found at the homepage of the Constitution Society.


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