What Is The Meaning Of Plea Agreement

What is special for the Canadian justice system is that further negotiations on the final decision on criminal prosecutions may also take place after the verdict has been pronounced. Indeed, the Crown in Canada (according to common law standards) has a very broad right to challenge acquittals, as well as a right to challenge harsher sentences, except in cases where the sentence imposed was maximum permissible. As a result, after conviction, the defence in Canada is sometimes encouraged to convince the Crown not to appeal in exchange for the defence dismissing the appeal. Strictly speaking, this is not advocacy negotiation, but it happens for the same reasons. Plea bargains were rare in early American history. The judges seemed surprised when the defendants offered to plead guilty and tried to convince them to go to court instead. .