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If You're Charged with a Crime

If You're Charged with a Crime

Short, easy-to-understand booklet that outlines what happens when someone is charged with a criminal offence. It briefly describes the first steps in the court process and the different options that might be available. It also outlines the accused person's legal rights, and how to get legal aid or other legal help.

The French version doesn’t include the change in design or minor changes to content that appear in the English version.

This publication is in clear language for people who don't know about the law.


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