Upon the trial and subsequent conviction of an accused person in every criminal trial, the legal practitioner representing the accused person may rise to solicit for a reduction in the number of years of punishment meted on the accused by the trial Judge. This plea usually made by the lawyer of the accused person is legally referred to as the ” plea of allocutus “. In this work, we shall examine the meaning of the plea of allocutus, when this plea can be raised in the court and the demerits of this plea with Nigeria in context.
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I appreciate your recommendation. But please keep in mind, that law is made for man and not man for the law. Allocutus is a mitigating principle. It may well be that an circumstance of life of the accused deserves such mitigation.
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It may well be that ‘the’ circumstance of life of the accused deserves such mitigation.