New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990

24 Rights of persons charged

Everyone who is charged with an offence—


shall be informed promptly and in detail of the nature and cause of the charge; and


shall be released on reasonable terms and conditions unless there is just cause for continued detention; and


shall have the right to consult and instruct a lawyer; and


shall have the right to adequate time and facilities to prepare a defence; and


shall have the right, except in the case of an offence under military law tried before a military tribunal, to the benefit of a trial by jury when the penalty for the offence is or includes imprisonment for 2 years or more; and


shall have the right to receive legal assistance without cost if the interests of justice so require and the person does not have sufficient means to provide for that assistance; and


shall have the right to have the free assistance of an interpreter if the person cannot understand or speak the language used in court.

Section 24(e): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 4 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 92).