Friday, June 26, 2009

Elsie Law's Daily Dose Of The Law: "No Contest" Defined

According to Wikipedia, the term "No Contest" is explained as follows: "In criminal trials, and in some common law jurisdictions, it is a plea where the defendant neither admits nor disputes a charge, serving as an alternative to a pleading of guilty or not guilty.

A no contest plea, while not technically a guilty plea, has the same immediate effect as a guilty plea, and is often offered as a part of a plea bargain."

The latin term for no contest is "nolo contendere." This term is also seen in its latin form in legal circles.

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