350. Right to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation.

The prompt and detailed notification of a person charged with a criminal offence, in a language he understands, of the nature and cause of the accusation is a key component of fair proceedings1 and shares an important connection with the rights associated with the preparation of a defence2. There is no special requirement as to the form in which the particulars should be communicated, but the information must relay in detail the facts which underpin the accusation and the legal consequences of those facts