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What are the “facts” in a guilty plea?

The facts are a very important part of any guilty plea. It is extremely important that you understand the facts and agree with them before you make the decision to plead guilty. Your lawyer or duty counsel will go through the facts with you before you enter a guilty plea. If you don’t agree with the facts, you should not plead guilty.

The facts are usually the events described in the synopsis, and they are read out in court by the Crown. However, the facts in your case may be different from the synopsis if the Crown and your lawyer (or duty counsel) have agreed to a different set of facts for your guilty plea.