Indictment

A document formally setting out the charges against the defendant.

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When a person is charged to appear in the Crown Court an Indictment will be drawn up. The defendant may be charged with a specific crime but the indictment will show any offence that has been revealed by the witness statements.

 

Each charge is known as a 'count'. An indictment must be signed by the proper officer of the Crown Court. The indictment may be for several counts and may be a complicated formal document. It should never include more counts than necessary in order to encourage the defendant to plead guilty to some of the offences. Nor should it include a more serious count in order to encourage the defendant to plead guilty to a less serious count.

 

It will have the name of the Crown Court and the name of the defendant and a statement of the offence and particulars of the offence.

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