Serious criminal cases can be before the courts for many months, or even years. It can be a very stressful and uncertain time for victims and other witnesses. So you know what to expect, we describe below the main steps in a criminal prosecution.
This following information about the prosecution process is also available in a brochure.
Investigation, arrest and bail
If you are a victim or witness in a serious crime, police will ask you to make a statement about what happened as part of their investigation.