Topics Trial in native language of accused

Constitute topics are built from the variables in the Comparative Constitutions Project’s dataset, which captures the content of world constitutions. The particular variables relevant to this topic are listed below, in the form of survey questions.

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Grants individuals charged with an offense the right to have their trial conducted in a language they understand, or the right to have an interpreter. In some cases, this would include a right to be informed of the reasons for one’s arrest.


Culture and Identity; Rights and Duties


accused; criminal procedure

Survey Questions

  • Does the constitution specify the trial has to be in a language the accused understands or the right to an interpreter if the accused cannot understand the language?