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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.

Civil proceedings


A law firm will be able to discuss your aims, the strategies possible, the strength of your case, and the different funding options available to you.

One of the very first things a law firm may do is take a draft statement from you setting out your account of the facts.

The law firm will also be able to find and instruct barristers for advice and representation in court (if necessary).