When a person is accused of a crime their plea is their formal reply to the court, the choices being guilty or not guilty.
A person has to plead guilty or not guilty. Pleading not guilty means they deny that they have done it. It is also the result of the court when a person is acquitted the court will say they are ‘not guilty’.
The first time a person appears in court for a particular offence. They will usually be asked to say if they are guilty or not guilty.
A telling of an event that can be used in court. This can be in writing (written evidence) or out loud (oral evidence) or in pictures or videos. See also giving evidence.
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