Allocutus/Allocution

Allocutus/Allocution

Postby Pleasuredome » Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:48 pm

There is a mysterious thing called the allocutus with which some of us are very familiar. That means this: that after conviction and before sentence it is right for the clerk of the court to say to the convicted person, "Have you anything to say why the judgment of the court should not be passed on you?" In my experience over some years, the convicted person never had the least idea, and it may be nobody else had either, what he was expected to say in answer to that question, what reason he could possibly have at that stage, when he had been convicted, for saying no sentence should be pronounced.

Hansard - 24th may 1966 - Lords sitting


One thing that could/should be said is, "For and on the record, I waive all benefits and privileges of the court, and as consideration, I relieve the court of its duty to perform in this instance"
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Re: Allocutus/Allocution

Postby huntingross » Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:00 pm

Bzzzzz bang.....imagine how that would go down.

Stunned silence would be a guess
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Re: Allocutus/Allocution

Postby markie b » Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:01 pm

i was acting in my natural entity/person my honour there for the legal act thats being implied didnt exist upon my natural entity/person

i mean hey a cop can at as a police man im damn sure i can act aswell :p
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