Will the case go to court?

Northumbria Police work in partnership with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who ultimately decide whether a case will be taken to court, based on various factors. One of these factors is whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a ‘realistic prospect of conviction’.

If your case is brought to court then you will be fully supported throughout by the SOLO, the investigating Officer in Charge (OIC) and in some cases the sexual violence advisor. You will be told about court dates and what is happening each time.

If you are required to give evidence there are measures which may be taken, depending on individual circumstances, to make this procedure more comfortable. The possible options will be explained to you by the SOLO chaperone, who will in turn discuss this with the CPS.