Police and criminal justice

Criminal Justice System

After you have reported to the police, they will carry out an investigation and gather evidence. Police investigations can take a long time and it may be several months before you hear anything about the case. However, one of our ISVAs can support you throughout this process.

Once the police have completed their investigation, the case is passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which will then decide whether to charge the suspect. The Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for charging and prosecuting; they decide if there is sufficient evidence to present the case in court.

Please click on the link below in order to read more about the process of reporting an incident of sexual assault/rape and about the Criminal Justice System:


Do you have to go to court?

If you have given a statement you may be required to attend court as a witness.

The courts have introduced ‘special measures’ to make it easier for you to give evidence, which can be explained to you by your Sexual Offences Liaison Officer (Solo) or an ISVA. We can also arrange a visit to the courtroom with the Court Witness Service before the trial, to help address any concerns you may have.

For further information about the Criminal Justice System and the Court Process please visit www.cps.gov.uk/victims_witnesses

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