The following Corporate Crime guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
All criminal cases begin in the magistrates' court regardless of the seriousness of the offence. There are, however, a number of ways of commencing criminal proceedings in England and Wales:
the defendant may be arrested and charged by the police and brought before a magistrates’ court
the prosecution can apply to the magistrates’ court for the issue of a summons (also called ‘laying an information’) requiring the defendant to attend court on a specified date and time
a relevant prosecutor may issue a written charge together with a requisition requiring the defendant to attend court on a specified date and time
a relevant prosecutor may issue a written charge together with a single justice procedure notice requiring the defendant to indicate a plea and if guilty, consent to the disposal of the case by use of the single justice procedure on the papers
This Practice Note explains the procedure which must be followed to commence a criminal prosecution by way of written charge and requisition or single justice procedure notice under the Criminal Justice Act 2003, s 29 (CJA 2003). This provision enables a relevant prosecutor to issue a written charge alleging that a person or organisation has committed an offence and, at the same time, must issue either a requisition notice requiring the attendance of the defendant at court or a
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