The Legal Procedure for Voluntary Bills of Indictment in UK

Updated on Tuesday 21st November 2017

The Legal Procedure for Voluntary Bills of Indictment in UK Image
If a process in which an offender is judged is considered inappropriate, this can be subject to a voluntary bill of indictment meaning that the individual can face a new trial with magistrates and a jury. This represents an exceptional procedure issued by the High Court in UK. The legal aspects of this matter and the rights of the offender found in this situation can be explained by our criminal lawyers in London. Our team of advisors can represent individuals accused of varied offences in front of the authorities.
 

When the voluntary bill of indictment is imposed in UK


The Indictments Procedure Rules 1971 is the legislation which oversees the cases in which a voluntary bill of indictment is issued. Being an exceptional procedure in the courts of law in UK, one should know that there has to be a solid reason to refuse the normal procedure of a trial and ask for a voluntary bill of indictment. Also, if there is an interest of justice to proceed so, a voluntary bill of indictment will pass over the deliberations of the administrative conveniences in any case in UK. Our criminal solicitor in London can apply for a voluntary bill of indictment on behalf of the offender. Legal representation and complete support can be offered in the court of law by our team of advisors.
 

How the decision for voluntary bill of indictment is made


An application in this matter must contain all the details about the charges and about the accused person, including information about the criminal background, if it exists. The decision of whether a voluntary bill of indictment is necessary or not is made by a judge without any other influence of another magistrate in the court of law. Additionally, in such case, the prosecution or the defence cannot pronounce if a bill of indictment is necessary or not in the presented case, but the defence can offer different materials related to the case.

The judge is the only one who can consider or not such materials. Parties involved in the case can make oral representations in front of the magistrate if there are special grounds. We also mention that the judge of a High Court in UK is entitled to decide whether a voluntary bill of indictment can be issued or not. The legal points regarding this special procedure can be explained by our criminal lawyers in London.

With a vast experience in criminal cases, including situations where voluntary bills of indictments where issued, our criminal solicitors in London can offer complete legal support, so please do not hesitate to contact our team.

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