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In the common law legal system, a plea of autrefois acquit (French for 'previously acquited') the defendant claims to have been previously acquited for the same offence, on substantially the same evidence, and that hence they cannot be tried again. A plea of autrefois convict can be combined with a plea of not guilty. This plea is one of the peremptory pleas.

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Last edited October 4, 2001 11:11 pm by Simon J Kissane (diff)