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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Constitution as adopted on 27 October 1979.

Article 3

    (2) Any person who is arrested or detained shall with reasonable promptitude and in any case no later than twenty-four hours after such arrest or detention be informed in a language that he understands of the reasons for his arrest of detention and be afforded reasonable facilities for private communication and consultation with a legal practitioner of his own choice and, in the case of a minor, with his parents or guardian.

Article 8

    (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.

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, with reasonable promptitude and in any case not more than seven days after the commencement of his detention, be informed in a language that he understands and in detail of the grounds upon which he is detained and furnished with a written statement in English specifying those grounds in detail;

Article 25

    (1) Subject to the provisions of section 26 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.

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

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