Investigating the Crime - Information for Witnesses

Last updated on December 12, 2017

Police are responsible for conducting criminal investigations. At the investigation stage, police gather and review information to figure out what happened. This may involve, for example, examining the place where the crime occurred and talking to victims and witnesses.

Based on what they learn, the police decide whether there is enough evidence to prove an accused committed a crime. If they think there is, they may make a report to Crown counsel recommending that charges be laid.

Possible Outcomes and What May Happen Next

For more information about the investigation, including possible outcomes and what may happen if the accused is charged with a crime, visit:

Going to Court

If Crown counsel decides the case will go to court, they will begin court proceedings. Visit the Court Case (Victim) for more information.

Criminal Justice Glossary

Check our alphabetical list of criminal justice terms along with their definitions.