Criminal Justice System- Sophie Durlacher

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Criminal Justice System- Sophie Durlacher

  1. 1. Criminal justice system. Sophie Durlacher
  2. 2. Someone breaks the law. The victim makes a statement. The police find out about the accused person. If they think the accused person is guilty they take them to a police station. The accused is arrested, they can ask help from a solicitor.
  3. 3. Charges. <ul><li>Police officers will question the arrested person. This can go on for up to 72 hours. After this the police have three options. </li></ul><ul><li>Let the person go. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask a magistrate for 24hours more questioning time. </li></ul><ul><li>Charge the person. </li></ul><ul><li>Charging a person means formally </li></ul><ul><li>accusing them of a crime, To do </li></ul><ul><li>this police must think that there </li></ul><ul><li>is enough evidence to link them to </li></ul><ul><li>the offence. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Remand. A charged person goes to the magistrates court. The charge sheet that explains what the person is accused of will be read out. The solicitor might ask for bail. The magistrates will decide whether to remand into custody or on bail.
  5. 5. Remand in custody. A charged person goes to the magistrates court. The charge sheet that explains what the person is accused of will be read out. This means they are charged with a crime but can go free until they appear in court again. Remand on bail.
  6. 6. Getting ready for court. The person who committed the crime and the solicitor will write down what they said happened. The police will help other people who saw what happened write down what they saw. They are called witnesses.
  7. 7. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) gather all the information from the police and use this to decide if the person did commit the crime. The person who committed the crime goes to the magistrates court. There is no jury in a magistrates court, only magistrates. The magistrates make all the decisions. The defendant can say whether they are guilty or not guilty .
  8. 8. If the defendant says they are guilty, then the magistrates make a decision on a punishment. If they say they are no guilty then the CPS tells the court why they think they are guilty. Magistrates court.
  9. 9. For the most serious crimes, like murder, the defendant has to go to the Crown Court. Crown court.

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