Nolo Contendere Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Nolo Contendere, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Nolo Contendere?

It’s a latin word which means” I do not wish to contest”. It refers to the plea by an individual in a criminal case where he does not wish to contest the charges on him/her, but at the same time would leave upto the judge to decide whether he/she is guilty. Such pleas are entered after seeking courts permission. This is done to either save the legal costs, or for some crime, which the individual actually did not know he/she was committing and wanted the judge to decide if its a crime at all.Sometimes, they know they have commited the crime, but by filing the plea, wants to say that they have not accepted the charge.