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What happens if it is decided that the suspect will not be charged?

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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.

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