After your charges have been read, the judge may direct you to take the plea. This means that the court will ask you whether you wish to plead guilty, or to claim trial.
Refer to the following to understand what each of these legal terms mean, and what will happen after you make your decision.
The following conditions apply if you plead guilty:
The judge may also make either or both of the following orders:
An adjournment means postponing a court hearing to another date. Either yourself or the prosecution may request an adjournment, supported by valid reasons.
Refer to the following for a non-exhaustive list of common reasons why the prosecution or the accused (you) may request for adjournment.
Possible reasons that may be given by the prosecution:
Possible reasons that may be given by the accused:
If you wish to request an adjournment, inform the judge during your court mention. If it is approved, you will receive a mention slip with the venue, date and time of your next court hearing.
Either the prosecution or you may also object to a request for an adjournment. The court will decide whether to approve the request for an adjournment in accordance with the law, based on the merits of doing so after hearing both sides.
If the case is adjourned, the judge will decide if you can be released on bail until the next hearing. You should also bring a bailor along to your court mentions, in case you need someone to post bail for you.
You may also apply to change your court mention date in writing or via the Integrated Case Management System (ICMS) if you have valid reasons for being unable to attend court on the scheduled dates.
Your charge sheet will state the maximum sentence for each offence with which you are charged. For certain cases, your offence may also carry a minimum sentence. Both will be stated at the bottom of your charge sheet.
The court will rely on this range of sentences to decide on the appropriate punishment for your case. Your final sentence will depend on a variety of factors.
In general, when an order to increase the bail amount is given, the additional bail offered is likely to be monetary bail. The additional bail must be provided by the current bailor, unless the court allows another person to stand as bailor for the additional bail.