Sixth Amendment

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Sixth Amendment

The sixth amendment is that in all "criminal prosecutions, the accused have the right to a
speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime
that have been committed, which district would have been previously ascertained by law,
and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation: to be confronted with the
witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor,
and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense."

The sixth amendment also covers the guarantee of "adequate notice." This means that the
sixth amendment, "which is applicable to the states through the Due Process Clause of the
Fourteenth Amendment, guarantees a criminal defendant a fundamental right to be clearly
informed of the nature and cause of the charges against him. In order to determine whether
a defendant has received constitutionally adequate notice, the court looks first to the
information. The principal purpose of the information is to provide the defendant with a
description of the charges against him in sufficient detail to enable him to prepare his
defense."

The accused also has "a fundamental right to be clearly informed of the nature and cause
of the charges in order to permit adequate preparation of a defense. Due process entitles
an accused to know the charges against which he must defend in order to have a reasonable
opportunity to prrepare and present a defense and not be taken by surprise at trial."

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