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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.

Criminal: private prosecution

Verdict: Not guilty


In the event of an acquittal you may still claim for costs from central funds, which means the state returns your costs.

Providing that the prosecution was instituted with good cause, an order for such costs should be made. The exact amount returned will depend on a number of factors and may only be determined after examination by the government body in charge of central funds.

If there is an acquittal it may still be possible to bring civil proceedings.