Giles goes to court to accuse Thomas Putnam of either conspiring with others, or directly charging people with witchcraft, in order to gain more land. Thomas is one of many who are capitalizing on the hysteria for their own gain. Abigail does not want land, but she wants John Proctor.
Giles is beside himself because his wife, Martha has been accused of witchcraft and is being held in jail. Giles feels somewhat responsible because he questioned her reading books he did not understand. However-Giles has a long history of legal issues with the people in the community. He has sued people many times. He is quite litigious, and this works against him.
The court is angry with his accusations, and literally throws him out of the room, where he will be dealt with later. When the court does turn their attention back to Gile's allegations against Putnam, he will be the one who ends up in jail.