Right to Interpretation

The deadline for implementation has passed on an EU Directive concerning the rights of EU citizens and language barriers to fair procedures. This means that EU member States must provide for EU citizens accused in criminal proceedings to have aspects of the process interpreted to them in their own language should the need arise (if the person does not understand the language of the proceedings). The interpreter should be provided free of charge.

The EU citizen has the right to have the following interpreted:
-police interrogations,
-essential meetings between client and solicitor, and
-the trial.

Documents must also be translated for the EU citizen:
-the detention order,
-the indictment, and
-the judgement.

Further information can be found at: www.ec.europa.eu/

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