Familiarize yourself with the judicial process
Judicial process stages
03 | Guilty plea or verdict
If the accused is found guilty following a trial or pleads guilty before trial, the final step is sentencing. The parties will present their arguments for an appropriate sentence, depending on the circumstances of the offense and the characteristics of the accused. Several criteria must be taken into consideration, including the criminal record of the accused, the seriousness of the offense, the accused’s involvement in the crime, his rehabilitation, his social profile, etc. The sentence may be a joint submission between the parties if they reach an agreement following negotiations. Alternatively, the defence and the prosecutor will submit to the court their respective arguments during a sentencing hearing. In both cases, the judge has the final word on the sentence.
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