Pleaded v. Pled : What’s the Correct Term

Short answer: either “pleaded” or “pled” seems acceptable as the past tense of “plead”. I will admit that occasionally will write around the issue. I have frequently written things such as, “On X date, the Defendant entered a plea of no contest,” or other such write arounds. What’s really important is whether or not it will offend the reader, and I’d rather not chance it. The Daily Report has a good discussion of the issue, and the ABA Journal has on online poll if you want to see how other people handle it. I confess, like the majority, I usually say ‘pled.’


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