Consultation Circle Law and Legal Definition

Consultation Circle refers to a group of individuals from the accused's community who participates in a forum and discusses the offender and the crime with a view to advising the judge as to sentence. All participants in the session sit in a circle, with neither table nor desk in the center, so that they all appear on an equal footing. The court considers two criteria while deciding on consultation circles. One, whether the accused has firm and clear intention to rehabilitate himself and become a good citizen. Two, the desire of the community to become involved for the sake of one of its members. The basic purpose of a consultation circle is to give advice to the judge on sentencing.