The scene opens in the court, and Giles claims that Putnam only wants his land and tries to get it by accusing Giles's wife of witchcraft. Judge Hawthorne, Governor Danforth, Reverend Parris, and Reverend Hale are present in the court.
John Proctor and Mary Warren come to the court to explain Abigail's false accusations of Elizabeth Proctor's witchcraft in order to prove her innocence.
The judges tell John that Elizabeth is pregnant and will not be hanged until she gives birth. However, they assume that John is trying to condemn the court because they do not want to admit that they were fooled by Abigail, a young, unmarried teenager.
Putnam and Giles continue to argue over land and property which leads to Giles's arrest, who will later be pressed to death.
Abigail is then brought into the court for questioning and denies Mary's testimony that the girls were lying. Mary proves this by not being able to faint from being "possessed", so the other girls accuse her of being a witch too.
Proctor then let's go of his reputation, and he reveals his affair with Abigail to prove she is unfaithful and that her accusations are untrue. But, when Elizabeth is called for questioning as evidence to his claim, she mistakenly still thinks she needs to protect Proctor and gives a different story. Proctor is arrested because no one believes his confession of sin, and the girls, including Mary, scream and accuse him of witchcraft. Hale, who does believe John Proctor, resigns from his position in the court.