199. When proceedings are 'started' and 'concluded'.

Proceedings for an offence are 'started' when a justice of the peace issues1 a summons or warrant2, when a relevant prosecutor issues a written charge and requisition or single justice procedure notice in respect of the offence3, when a person is charged with the offence after being taken into custody without a warrant4, or when a bill of indictment is5 preferred6. If more than one time is so found in relation to proceedings they are started at the earliest of them7.

If the defendant is acquitted on all counts in proceedings for an offence, the proceedings are concluded when he