About criminal court process and legal terms

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If you've experienced a sexualized assault and police have laid a charge, the case will enter the criminal court system.

A support worker can:

  • update you on the progress of the charge through the legal system;
  • explain the processes of the legal system;
  • inform you of your rights and options throughout the  legal system process; and
  • connect you to other support services that you may feel would be helpful.

There is no pressure to report if you do not want to. Find out what happens when a charge is laid.

Learn about the many key roles in the criminal justice system and the legal terms used in a criminal justice court and proceedings. These terms may help you if you choose to report a sexualized assault or a charge has been laid.

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