Defense, Good Faith Reliance on Counsel Law and Legal Definition

Good faith is the genuine belief that one's action is fully justified, both in law and in fact. Under the good faith reliance on counsel, a person would not be willfully doing wrong, if before taking any action with regard to the alleged offense, s/he consulted in good faith a lawyer and disclosed all relevant facts to the lawyer and acted strictly in accordance with the advice given by the lawyer. Good faith reliance on counsel is a complete defense when willfulness is an essential part of charge. For this defense, accused must prove that s/he relied in good faith on the mistaken advice of the lawyer. It must be proved further that there was full disclosure of all relevant facts to the lawyer before advice.