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Did You Know?: A Plea of Not Guilty

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:11 PM by Benjamin Vincents   [ updated Jun 13, 2011, 7:37 AM ]

A plea of 'not guilty' is not a claim of innocence. It is a demand by the accused that the prosecutor should prove all the elements of the offence in question. The plea also requires the prosecutor to disprove the existence of any defences.

When an accused person is unsure how to proceed, the safest course is to retain a lawyer for advice or legal representation at the arraignment and trial.