Talk:Trial in absentia

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Globalize/USA tag[edit]

This page really should describe the situation in countries besides the USA, too - it'd be great if someone who knows a bit about these things could add some more information. :) -- Schnee (cheeks clone) 12:32, 18 December 2006 (UTC)

What happened to my question added here? I pressed "Show changes" and it said for immediate posting, but got wiped out! "MrTideman" my first time here, having a print-out of my first-draft only I guess that I can re-type? My comment in a nutshell version is to the last sentence before the word: "Examples" of WHAT "state laws provide for automatic retrial of fugitives who are arrested after being convicted in absentia"? and does that IN-clude New Hampshire, as the latest case is for "Ed Brown" that you can check out at Google. Wed., 25 April 2007 @ 11:02 a.m. Going "Show preview" now to a post button? JosephSHaas at hotmail dot com if you have any info to send directly, or I can check back here later. Or do I press "Save Page"?

Proposed Merger with Trial (law)[edit]

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  • The whole premise of this page is a bit off. In absentia is just a dictionary phrase. The text of the article is actually abut Trial in absentia, which I guess redirects here. But all of it seems like a subheading of Trial (law), a separate article that also could use a little more content. This article could be cut in half and the part that is saved would make a very nice heading in Trial (law). --Drtillberg 02:23, 18 July 2007 (UTC)


  • In Absentia does not necessarily have to relate to law. A graduate may choose to Graduate in absentia. I propose this is kept separate.
But this article is not about those cases: it is about trial in absentia. Otherwise, it is simple a dictionary entry and does not belong on WP. --196.210.152.31 (talk) 20:28, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Oppose Also used in other contexts such as the awarding of degrees mentioned above, moving some of the the content to trial makes sense but there is potenitaly enoght instances of use for this to be cover the variety in brief.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Nate1481 (talkcontribs) 09:07, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

I boldly moved In absentiaTrial in absentia. This article is too big to merge. – Wbm1058 (talk) 13:21, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

Fugitives[edit]

Under what circumstances are fugitives allowed to be tried in absentia? How is the determination made that one is a fugitive? Sarsaparilla (talk) 05:05, 25 January 2008 (UTC)

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Serious issue with the article[edit]

The article should discuss just exactly what it means to try someone in absentia in the main body rather then just in the lead. There should be a section just after the lead that discusses exactly what a trial in absentia means, the variations in how it's conducted, when it's allowed, issue about retrials (if even possible) should the defendant be captured, extradicted, or voluntarily return after said trial, reasons why the state argues it should be able to hold such a trial, and finely, potential fair trial/human rights issues with trial in absentia. Given that in absentia trials do not feature the defendant putting on the best defense, an innocent defendant could end of being wrongfully convicted by trial in absentia and the notion that voluntarily forfeited there right to be present at the trial would not sit well in such a case ethically, if the true intent of the justice system of a country is the convict and punish the truly guilty party not just anyone they can convict. As such, we need to flesh out the potential issues with a trial in absentia in this article. --2600:1700:56A0:4680:4D7F:7029:8B51:35BF (talk) 03:48, 21 August 2018 (UTC)