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.
Criminal: private prosecution
Verdict: Hung jury
At the Crown Court, a jury is occasionally unable to reach a verdict. In such cases the prosecution may seek a retrial.
In the event of a hung jury it may still be possible to bring civil proceedings