glossary

plea inquiry

A plea inquiry is a series of questions that you must answer before you can plead guilty. The purpose of the plea inquiry is to show the judge that:

  • you are pleading guilty voluntarily and that no one has pressured or forced you to plead guilty
  • you understand what it means to plead guilty, for example, that you are giving up your right to a trial and to have the Crown prove the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt
  • you are aware of what can happen to you if you plead guilty, for example, that you could go to jail and get a permanent criminal record
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