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.

Subsequent Court Appearances

If allocated to crown court, first appearance at crown court will be a plea and directions hearing.

Who's involved?

What might happen?

Stage 4 - Going to court as a witness

Which court?

Who's who in the courtroom?

Frequently asked questions