After a crime is reported to police, they investigate it and decide whether or not to lay charges.
This website explains what happens during the police investigation. As part of an investigation, police will need to make decisions about what offences an accused person will be charged with.
After a crime is reported to police, there is a police investigation.
If you are the victim or witness of a crime, the police will ask you to make a detailed statement about what happened.
As part of the investigation, the police collect evidence they will need to prove a case in court.
You have a right to be kept informed.
Criminal offences are divided into two types based on how serious they are.
Most people who are charged with a crime get bail, which means they are released until the court case.
Updated 15 November 2023