What is the usual process for a criminal matter?
The progress of a criminal offence can be broadly categorised as follows:
Police investigation: Complaint(s) made or potential offence identified;
An accused person may then be given the opportunity to participate in a video record of interview;
Charges are then laid against an accused person;
Depending on the charges, the accused may be required to make an application for bail;
Legal advice obtained by an accused person;
Initial appearance(s) in Court;
Further time allowed for legal advice and consideration of the evidence by an accused and their lawyer;
Pleas entered (not guilty or guilty)
Preparation for trial or sentence followed by the final hearing. The matter is then finalised, save for in the instances where an appeal is lodged.