On A Plea Agreement

Judges are not required to impose a sentence in the context of a joint filing and failure by a judge to comply with a joint filing is not in itself a reason for the judgment to be amended on appeal. However, if a judge did not routinely comply with common complaints, that judge would impair the Crown`s ability to provide reasonable inducements to plead guilty to accused persons. Defense lawyers would be reluctant to make joint registrations if they were deemed invaluable with a particular judge, leading to otherwise avoidable trials. For these reasons, Canadian judges normally impose a sentence in the area of a joint deposit.

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