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My son has been charged with two accounts of assault, one of

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My son has been charged with two accounts of assault, one of which is a domestic assault. He is guilty but was advised by his lawyer to plead not guilty at his first court appearance. This is his first offence. I am looking for some advice as to why this plea was recommended? Thank you.
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This is sometimes done so that legal aid can be applied for and also so that the case, and any defence or mitigation, can properly be prepared. A trial diet will have been fixed and this will be preceded by an intermediate diet. Typically the plea can be changed at the intermediate diet, mitigation given and the case disposed of.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Is it necessary to wait until the intermediate diet or can the plea be changed to guilty before that?

Yes, a joint application can be made by the defence and prosecution for an earlier diet. That is section 137 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.