Criminal Justice System Journey

We understand that the criminal justice system can seem confusing, particularly for those who are experiencing it for the first time. Here, we explain who is involved at each stage of the process and what might happen. There are links to various websites for further information or advice.

First Court Appearance

Adults - this will be a Magistrates' Court

Youths (<18) - this will be a Youth Court

Who's involved?

What might happen?

Stage 3 - Going to court as a witness

Which court?

Who's who in the courtroom?

Frequently asked questions