Know your laws: Bringing person arrested before court

Know your laws: Bringing person arrested before court

“Know Your Laws” is a production of the Press Office of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

BRINGING PERSON ARRESTED BEFORE COURT

(CRIMINAL CODE OF SAINT LUCIA 2008)

 

  1. BRINGING PERSON ARRESTED BEFORE COURT

(1)     A person arrested for any cause, whether with or without warrant, shall be brought before the Court or the judge, or a magistrate, as the case may be, as soon as is practicable but not later than 72 hours of his or her arrest.

(2)     If a person arrested is to be questioned, he or she shall be informed—

(a)     that the person has the right to remain silent, without such silence being a consideration in the determination of guilt or innocence; and

(b)     of their rights under section 589; and

(c)     that the person has a right to be questioned in the presence of a lawyer unless the person voluntarily waives the right to counsel;

(d)     of their right to have legal assistance of their choosing or to have legal assistance assigned to them if the arrest is for an offence under section 86 or 87. (Murder or Non-Capital Murder)

  1. INTIMATION TO AND INTERVIEW WITH LEGAL PRACTITIONER

A person who is arrested, shall, immediately upon arrest be entitled, if he or she desires, to have intimation sent to any legal practitioner, and to have a private interview, subject to any necessary surveillance, with the legal practitioner prior to being brought before the Court

“We, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force would like to encourage the citizenry to read and study the laws which governs our society. Never forget that knowledge is power”.

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