Victims and witnesses

Victims or witnesses of a crime also find themselves having to deal with the criminal justice authorities. For instance, they may need to lodge a criminal complaint, or to make a statement.

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Suspects

The police can arrest someone who is suspected of committing a criminal offence and question him.

Trial

Once the investigation has been concluded, the public prosecutor may decide to prosecute a suspect. In

Conviction

At the hearing, the court either acquits or convicts the defendant, or discharges him from prosecution

Appeal

On appeal, a different (higher) court reviews the case. This court may convict or acquit the