Criminal proceedings is the term used for when someone is brought to court to answer an allegation that they have committed a criminal offence.
There are 2 ways that criminal proceedings in the court may commence;
- Charge at the police station, or
- Information laid at the court which results in a summons requiring a person to attend the court.
The decision to bring a prosecution (commence criminal proceedings) is undertaken by the Attorney General's Office and more information about how that decision is made can be found here.
There are 4 criminal courts of the Falkland Islands;
- Summary Court
- Magistrate's Court
- Supreme Court
- Court of Appeal
All proceedings commence in the Summary Court and will be allocated/sent/transferred to another court if required.