A LAWYER is happy with the provisions under the Bill of Rights in the new Constitution.
Iqbal Khan of Lautoka said he was glad that submissions he had made on the Bill of Rights in the draft constitution were considered by the state.
"The submission was in respect of deleting section 8 subsection 2 from the draft Constitution as it would have been abused if it was in the Constitution," he said.
"I'm not a politician, but as a lawyer for more than 30 years and as a former magistrate, I can say the Bill of Rights provision in the new Constitution is good for every individual.
"And I urge lawyers practising criminal law to read the Bill of Rights provisions and use it in the court when representing their clients."
Mr Khan said people taken into police custody should know they have rights like consulting their lawyer before being interviewed by the police.
The Bill of Rights states every person who is arrested or detained has the right to be informed promptly in a language that he or she understands the reason for the arrest or detention and the nature of any charge that may be brought against that person.
Also, the arrested person has the right to be informed of the right to remain silent and the consequences of not remaining silent.
The arrested person also has the right to communicate with a legal practitioner of his or her choice in private and he/she should not be compelled to make any confession or admission that could be used in evidence against that person.