Rights of the Accused

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Criminal defendants around the world are afforded many rights. Generally, these rights are meant to protect individuals who lack the enormous resources available to the government.

In common law countries, many of the rights have been through case law over several decades. As a result, the rules can be complex. This section is meant to be an overview of the most basic rights of defendants.

Rights/ Protections from Police

Rights during Detention

Rights at Trial


Rights in Prison