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Guyana

Constitution as adopted on 6 October 1980, updated to 1996.

Article 53

    Subject to article 155 a person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly if, and shall not be so qualified unless, he...
  • (b) 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 Assembly.

Article 139

    (3) 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 of 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 Guyana as an attorney-at-law, and to hold communication with him.

Article 144

    2. It shall be the duty of a court to ascertain the truth in every case provided that every person who is charged with a criminal offence:
      (a) 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.

Note: The complete text of the Constitution of Guyana can be found in the Political Database of the Americas maintained by Georgetown University.


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