Pardon Definition and Legal Meaning

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

What is Pardon?

It refers to the act of the highest authority in the government who rules the law and has power to forgive someone who has commited crime or have been convicted of the crime thereby, restoring the rights of that person and releasing him/her of the present sentence. Normally President of the country has such powers to pardon and once such pardon are granted the sentence is removed from the books as if it has never occured. Depending on the condition of trial, the behaviour of the convict , the age, are some factors taken into consideration when deciding on granting of the pardon by the President.