In order to have a fair trial people should be able to defend themselves. If a person is unfit they should not be tried. Before 1836 a person had to be able to enter a plea. Reasons for not entering a plea was used to get a plea out of them insane in this case the person was not tried for a crime. A person could choose not to enter a plea in this case torture. A person could be mute by visitation of god deaf or mute or. In 1836 r v. pritchard was charged with beasteality, he was a deaf mute (visitation of god) so the court decided he could not be tried for the crime. Canada would use these standards for the next 156 years. In 1992 canadian gov"t inacted bill c-30 changes section 2 of the criminal code and provides new fitness standards.