The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Eva Niculiu of Three Raymond Buildings provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
A typical criminal case concludes with either an acquittal at the end of a trial, or a conviction and sentence after a trial or a guilty plea. However, there are a number of other ways in which criminal proceedings may come to an end. They are considered below, categorised as follows:
a decision to take no further action
another out-of-court disposal, such as simple or conditional cautions
the discontinuance of proceedings by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) (in both the magistrates’ court and Crown Court) or by another public prosecutor (in the Crown Court)—available before summary trial starts (magistrates’ court), or before the indictment is preferred (Crown Court)
the withdrawal of the charge or summons by the prosecution (only in the magistrates’ court)—available before a plea is taken
the dismissal of the information for non-appearance of the prosecutor (only in the magistrates’ court)—available at trial
the dismissal of charges (in the Crown Court)—available before arraignment
the quashing of an indictment (in the Crown Court)—available at any time after the indictment is preferred, usually before arraignment takes place
a stay for abuse of process (in either the magistrates’ court or Crown Court)—available at any time
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