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Will I be told if the suspect has been charged, bailed or otherwise?

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You are entitled to be informed of a decision:

  • to prosecute the suspect; 
  • to give the suspect an out of court disposal, such as any caution given by the police; 
  • not to prosecute the suspect.

You are also entitled to be informed of: 

  • the date, time and location of the first court hearing; 
  • where the suspect is released on police bail to appear in court, any bail conditions and any changes to these bail conditions.

You are entitled to receive the above information within 5 working days of the suspect being charged, being told that no charges will be brought or being given an out of court disposal. If you are a victim of the most serious crime, persistently targeted or vulnerable or intimidated, you are entitled to the information in within 1 working day.

If you are a bereaved close relative, in a qualifying case, you are entitled to be offered a meeting with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prior to or following a CPS decision about whether or not to charge a suspect. If a decision is made to charge, the CPS will explain how the case is likely to progress, and answer any questions that you may have. The CPS will also discuss your needs and jointly agree the frequency of contact.