304. Requirement that person be brought before judicial officer.

The requirement that a person be brought promptly before a judge or other judicial officer1 is concerned with the early stages following an arrest, providing for a prompt2 appearance before a judge or other officer authorised by law to exercise judicial power3. Although the application of the 'promptness' condition will depend on the facts of each case, any delay should not be interpreted so as to impair the essence of the right4. The appearance must be automatic and cannot depend on any application by the detainee5. The scope of the judicial authority's review comprises a procedural element, namely the