Defendant is the name given in the criminal proceedings to someone who is being investigated on suspicion of having committed a crime.

The defendant has a number of rights and duties.

The defendant has the right to:

  • Attend the procedural acts that pertain to them.
  • Be informed of the facts that they are suspected of having committed.
  • To refuse to answer questions.
  • To be assisted by a defence lawyer, to present evidence, and to appeal decisions that they disagree with.

The defendant also has the following duties:

To learn more about the role of the defendant in the trial, click here.