Laying criminal charges
A person who has been a victim of a crime should contact the police. The police will investigate and when there are reasonable grounds to believe a criminal offence has been committed, the accused may be arrested and charged with a criminal offence. The accused may be released on a court document that commits them to show up to court at a later date or they may be held and brought before a judge or justice of the peace to enter a plea.
When a person is charged, he or she is formally accused of committing the offence named in the charge. This charge is set out in a document called an “information”. A person charged with an offence gets a copy of the information.
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