The following Corporate Crime guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
There are a number of ways of commencing criminal proceedings in England and Wales:
charge at the police station following arrest with a requirement to attend the magistrates’ court
written charge together with a requisition requiring the defendant to attend court on a specified date and time (available to only certain public prosecutors, see: Prosecutors authorised under s 29 Criminal Justice Act 2003 to commence criminal proceedings by way of written charge and requisition or written charge and single justice notice—checklist)
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 (see Practice Note: Single justice procedure)
making an application for the issue of a summons (often termed ‘laying an information’) in the magistrates' court and obtain a summons issued by the court requiring the defendant to attend court on a specified date and time (see Practice Note: Commencing criminal proceedings—applying for the issue of a summons)
This Practice Note highlights the issues which need to be considered and addressed when commencing proceedings by way of applying to the magistrates’ court for the issue of a summons (or laying an information) and should be read in conjunction with Practice
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