Following a plea of guilt from an offender, a plea in mitigation may be made. A well-crafted plea in mitigation may result in a lighter punishment.

Aims

A plea in mitigation is meant to:

  • Obtain the lightest possible punishment reasonably available for the particular crime
  • Persuade and assist the court to find the most appropriate form of punishment

What components are there in a plea in mitigation?

Most pleas in mitigation will present the following:

  • A factual background surrounding the offence
  • Some mitigating factors about the accused and the offence
  • A request for compassion and leniency