THINGS TO NOTE UNDER MITIGATION

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  • Mitigation is allowing a convicted person to explain his/her circumstances and ask the judge/magistrate for a smaller punishment.
  • Mitigation occurs before sentencing
  • Mitigation only happens when you are found to be guilty.
  • You should ONLY ask to be shown mercy.
  • You cannot be forced to say anything if you choose not to mitigate.
  • In the case of child offenders, the law provides that when sentencing a child, the court must consider what is best for the child.

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