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Is a plea of nolo contendere available in Canada?

Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 8:26 AM | By Tyler Smith

The quick answer is that a plea of nolo contendere is not permitted by the Criminal Code. A review of the jurisprudence, however, establishes that a very similar procedure is available to accused in Canada. One just must be careful not to call it nolo contendere and the proper procedure must be followed.

Section 606(1) of the Code outlines the pleas that are available to accused persons, aside from the special pleas of autrefois convict and autrefois acquit. The accused’s options are strictly limited to either guilty...