Rights Of Accused During Trial
WHAT ARE THE 9 RIGHTS OF AN ACCUSED IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS?
The following are the rights accorded the accused:
1. To be presumed innocent until the contrary is proved beyond reasonable doubt.
2. To be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation against him.
3. To be present and defend in person and by counsel at every stage of the proceedings, from arraignment to promulgation of the judgment.
4. To testify as a witness in his own behalf but subject to cross-examination on matters covered by direct examination. His silence shall not in any manner prejudice him.
5. To be exempt from being compelled to be a witness against himself.
6. To confront and cross-examine the witnesses against him at the trial. Either party may utilize as part of its evidence the testimony of a witness who is deceased, out of or can not with due diligence be found in the Philippines, unavailable, or otherwise unable to testify, given in another case or proceeding, judicial or administrative, involving the same parties and subject matter, the adverse party having the opportunity to cross-examine him.
7. To have compulsory process issued to secure the attendance of witnesses and production of other evidence in his behalf.
8. To have speedy, impartial and public trial.
9. To appeal in all cases allowed and in the manner prescribed by law.