Does every crime go to court?

Does every crime go to court?

Does every crime go to court?

Only serious offences where there is sufficient evidence will end up in court. These types of cases must be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to make a Charging Decision. Court action only occurs once an offender has been charged or summoned with an offence to appear in court.

How does a crime get to court?

Most people feel very strongly about crime, and judges and magistrates play a vital role in the criminal justice system – especially when it comes to sentencing. Criminal cases come to court after a decision has been made by, usually the Crown Prosecution Service, to prosecute someone for an alleged crime.

How do the police decide to prosecute?

Before the CPS was formed in 1986, the police decided whether to take cases to court. ... In those cases where the police determine the charge, they apply the same principles. We decide whether or not to prosecute by applying the Code for Crown Prosecutors and any relevant policies to the facts of the particular case.

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