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Saint Kitts and Nevis

Constitution as adopted on 19 September 1983.

Article 5

    2. A person arrested or detained shall be informed within a reasonable delay, and in any event no later than forty-eight hours after his arrest and detention, in a language he understands and in detail, of the reasons for his arrest and detention; reasonable measures will be undertaken to permit him to communicate, in private, with a lawyer of his choice and, in the case of a person aged under eighteen years, with his parents or tutor.

Article 10

    2. A person charged with a criminal offence...
      (b) will be informed as soon as is reasonable to do so, in a language he understands and in detail, of the nature of the offence with which he is charged;...
      (f) shall be permitted to have without payment the assistance of an interpreter if he cannot understand or speak the language used at his trial.

Article 17

    1. Notwithstanding Article 5 but in conformity with Article 16, the following provisions will apply when a person is detained under emergency measures:
      (a) the person shall be informed within a reasonable delay, and in any event no later than seven days after the start of his detention, in a language he understands and in detail, of the reasons for his detention; he will be given a written declaration in English explaining in detail these reasons.

Note: The complete text of the Constitution of Saint Kitts and Nevis is available through the Political Database of the Americas maintained by Georgetown University.


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