When can a Judge change their decision?

A judge can only make a decision within their jurisdiction. Jurisdiction is legal power of the court to exercise authority over a person, subject matter or geographic area. The doctrine of functus officio (Latin for “having performed the function of his or her office) refers to the principle that a […]

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How do I withdraw a guilty plea?

Sometimes in our law courts, accused individuals enter guilty pleas then later wish to have the guilty plea withdrawn. A guilty plea is a formal admission of guilt. When an accused enters a guilty plea they are waiving their right to require the Crown to prove the offence beyond a […]

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