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UK victims

Interactive decision tree

Interactive decision tree

Please use our interactive tool to understand more about the criminal and civil justice systems and how the two systems can interact. It outlines the main steps, and has been specifically created with the individuals and smaller business victim in mind.

Please carefully read about the main differences between the criminal and civil justice systems before using the decision tree.

Are you a victim of fraud?


As soon as you become aware that you have been a victim of fraud it is essential that you safeguard all documents that may be relevant. ‘Documents’ includes electronic material as well as paper documents.

If you pursue civil proceedings then preservation of documents is required by the rules governing the process. However, it is equally important in criminal proceedings, too.