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Zimbabwe

Constitution as adopted on 21 December 1979.

Article 13

    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 or detention and shall be permitted at his own expense to obtain and instruct without delay a legal representative of his own choice and to hold communication with him.

Article 18

    3. 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 13

    1. A person shall not be qualified for appointment as a judge of the High Court unless:
      (a) he is or has been a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil or criminal matters in a country in which the common law is Roman-Dutch or English, and English is an official language; or
      (b) he is and has been for not less than seven years, whether continuously or not, qualified to practise as an advocate:
        (i) in Zimbabwe;
        (ii) in a country in which the common law is Roman-Dutch and English is an official language; or
        (iii) if he is a citizen of Zimbabwe, in a country in which the common law is English and English is an official language.

Article 87

    4. A tribunal appointed under subsection 2 or 3 shall consist of not less than three members selected by the President from the following...
      (b) persons who hold or have held office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil or criminal matters in a country in which the common law is Roman-Dutch or English, and English is an official language;

       

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