Probation

Probation

Probation Under sec 5(1) of the Probation of Offenders Act, the Court may sentence an accused to probation instead of a jail sentence.  The main benefit and effect of probation are that the accused person does get a criminal record. Sentence Fixed by Law Under the...
Can You Represent Yourself?

Can You Represent Yourself?

An accused can definitely represent himself. However, a criminal trial is a complex procedure that may be difficult for an individual to navigate. As such, it may be advantageous to engage a lawyer. Benefits of having a lawyer (a) Your lawyer can best represent your...
What Are Your Rights?

What Are Your Rights?

Under what circumstances can a person be charged? A person can be charged in Court only after investigations have been carried out. These investigations must be conducted by government appointed enforcement agencies. When can a person be arrested? A person can be...
Claiming Trial

Claiming Trial

An accused decides to claim trial when he does not agree with the charge and believes he is innocent. The moment an accused decides to claim trial to the charge, his case will be fixed for a Pre-Trial Conference. Trial dates will then be fixed when all the parties are...
Pleading Guilty

Pleading Guilty

What happens when one pleads guilty? If an Accused pleads guilty to a charge, he/she admits fully to the offence.  Before an Accused decides to plead guilty, he/she has to fully understand the nature and consequences of his/her plea. The Prosecuting Officer will read...