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 prepared to go to trial.
At trial, the Prosecution will present its case against the Accused and the Accused will be given an opportunity to defend. If the Prosecution proves its case beyond reasonable doubt, the accused will be found guilty and convicted.
In order to be acquitted, the Accused has to be able to raise a reasonable doubt in the Prosecution’s case or to raise a defence. If not, the Accused will be found guilty and convicted.