In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, arraignment is the first of eleven stages in a criminal trial, and involves the clerk of the court reading out the indictment. The defendant is asked whether he or she pleads guilty or not guilty to each individual charge.
In the past, a defendant who refused to plead (or "stood mute") would be subject to peine forte et dure (Law French for "strong and hard punishment"). But today in all common law jurisdictions, defendants who refuse to enter a plea will have a plea of not guilty entered for them on their behalf.
Failing To Produce Documents And False Declarations Lead To Monetary Sanctions And Evidentiary Sanctions Precluding Defendants From Contradicting Plaintiffs' Experts On Issues Of Infringement, Sales And Profits.(Case overview)
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