Will I be told if the suspect is charged, bailed or other?
You are entitled to be informed of a decision:
- to prosecute the suspect
- to give the suspect an out of court disposal, such as any caution given by the police
- not to prosecute the suspect
You are also entitled to be informed of:
- the date, time and location of the first court hearing
- where the suspect is released on police bail to appear in court, any bail conditions and any charges to these bail conditions
You are entitled to receive the above information within five working days of the suspect being charged, being told that no charge will be brought or being given an out of court disposal
If you are a victim of the most serious crime, persistently targeted or vulnerable or intimidated, you are entitled to the information within one working day.
If you are a bereaved close relative, in a qualifying case, you are entitled to be offered a meeting with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prior to, or following, a CPS decision about whether, or not, to charge a suspect. If a decision is made to charge, the CPS will explain how the case is likely to progress, and answer any questions that you may have. The CPD will also discuss your needs and jointly agree the frequency of contact.
What happens if the suspect is not charged?
If the police decide not to prosecute, you are entitled to
be notified of the reasons why this decision was made.
If the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decides not to prosecute, you are entitled to be notified of the reasons why this decision was made, how you can access further information about the decision and how you can seek a review of the decision if you are dissatisfied with it.
In certain specified cases where the CPS informs you of a decision not to charge, you are also entitled to be offered a meeting with the CPS. The CPS is responsible for holding the meeting and may conclude that in all the circumstances, the meeting should not take place. If the CPS decides that a meeting is not appropriate, the decision will be explained to you.