California Penal Code Section 834c
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834c. (a) (1) In accordance with federal law and the provisions of
this section, every peace officer, upon arrest and booking or
detention for more than two hours of a known or suspected foreign
national, shall advise the foreign national that he or she has a
right to communicate with an official from the consulate of his or
her country, except as provided in subdivision (d). If the foreign
national chooses to exercise that right, the peace officer shall
notify the pertinent official in his or her agency or department of
the arrest or detention and that the foreign national wants his or
her consulate notified.
(2) The law enforcement official who receives the notification
request pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be guided by his or her
agency's procedures in conjunction with the Department of State
Guidelines Regarding Foreign Nationals Arrested or Detained in the
United States, and make the appropriate notifications to the consular
officers at the consulate of the arrestee.
(3) The law enforcement official in charge of the custodial
facility where an arrestee subject to this subdivision is located
shall ensure that the arrestee is allowed to communicate with,
correspond with, and be visited by, a consular officer of his or her
(b) The 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations Treaty was
signed by 140 nations, including the United States, which ratified
the agreement in 1969. This treaty guarantees that individuals
arrested or detained in a foreign country must be told by police
"without delay" that they have a right to speak to an official from
their country's consulate and if an individual chooses to exercise
that right a law enforcement official is required to notify the
(c) California law enforcement agencies shall ensure that policy
or procedure and training manuals incorporate language based upon
provisions of the treaty that set forth requirements for handling the
arrest and booking or detention for more than two hours of a foreign
national pursuant to this section prior to December 31, 2000.
(d) Countries requiring mandatory notification under Article 36 of
the Vienna Convention shall be notified as set forth in this section
without regard to an arrested or detained foreign national's request
to the contrary. Those countries, as identified by the United States
Department of State on July 1, 1999, are as follows:
(1) Antigua and Barbuda.
(4) The Bahamas.
(11) Costa Rica.
(13) Czech Republic.
(16) The Gambia.
(21) Hong Kong.
(35) Poland (nonpermanent residents only).
(38) Saint Kitts and Nevis.
(39) Saint Lucia.
(40) Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
(42) Sierra Leone.
(48) Trinidad and Tobago.
(52) United Kingdom.
However, any countries requiring notification that the above list
does not identify because the notification requirement became
effective after July 1, 1999, shall also be required to be notified.
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