What does ‘unfit to plead’ mean?
If you cannot understand the meaning of the charge against you, what the pleas of ‘guilty’ and ‘not guilty’ mean, or cannot instruct a lawyer to represent you, the court may take medical evidence to find out whether you are unfit to plead.
If it decides you did do the crime, the court can:
- give you a hospital order under section 37 or 37/41
- give you a supervision order for up to two years, which means that you will have to get support or treatment
- end the prosecution by giving you an absolute discharge