Show Summary Details

p. 182. Between the crime and the courtlocked

  • Julian V. Roberts


‘Between the crime and the trial’ discusses the procedures undertaken by the police and prosecution services after a crime has taken place and before court proceedings begin. Out of court disposals can be used for less serious crimes and where the allegations are not contested. Police may issue ‘on the spot’ fines for public disorder or impose conditional cautions. Failure to comply with the conditions will trigger prosecution. After an arrest, the prosecution guides the proceedings. Pre-trial developments include decisions on whether to: charge the defendant; bail them or remand them to custody; negotiate justice through plea bargaining; or offer to reduce the sentence if the accused will plead guilty.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.