LEGAL RIGHTS INFORMATION
- The Police can arrest you at any time.
- No advance warnings might be given.
- The Police can search your premises with a search warrant.
- You are presumed innocent upon arrest until you are proven to be guilty.
- You must be told of your offence in the language you speak on arrest.
- You have a right to be treated courteously by the Police even when you have been arrested.
- You have the right to refuse a search of your premises without a warrant calmly and politely.
- Unless you resist arrest unnecessarily, the Police don’t have the right to use any violence at all in effecting your arrest.
- You have a right to ask for a lawyer of your choice.
- You have a right to be brought before court within 48 hours of your arrest unless you are sooner released.
- You have a right to institute legal proceedings against the police when you are kept longer.
- You have a right (if you decide to speak) to make your statement in the presence of an independent witness.
- You have a right to write a statement yourself if you can write.
- You have the right to speak in any language of your choice if you can’t write, and the Police must have an interpreter.
- Whatever you say and whatever is recorded must be read over and explained to you in a language you speak and understand.
- You must agree to the wording of the final document of your statement before you sign it.
- Remember you are not a prisoner while in custody and therefore you cannot be made to do any form of forced labour.
- You have a right not to make any statement at the Police Station until you talk to a lawyer (preferably your lawyer) or are brought before the court.
Who to Call
CHRAJ – Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice
Old Parliament House, High Street, Accra
Tel (Accra Office): 030 222 7111
CHRI – Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
Tel: 0277-754247 / 028-9108829
Email: cepehrg@ yahoo.com / email@example.com
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