Category: Criminal Procedure
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE DUTY OF THE JUDGE TO CONDUCT A SEARCHING INQUIRY?
> In all cases, the judge must convince himself
1. That the accused is entering the plea of guilty voluntarily and intelligently
2. That he is truly guilty
3. That there exists a rational basis for a finding of guilt based on his testimony
> In addition, the judge must inform the accused of the exact length of imprisonment and the certainty that he will serve it at the national penitentiary or a penal colony. The judge must dispel any false notion that the accused may have that he will get off lightly because of his plea of guilty