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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.

Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.

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If you are a witness then you should speak to the officer in the case, he/she may know when the court date is or the Witness Liaison Department (the name of the department may vary from force to force). Alternatively, you can telephone the court and ask them and they should be able to tell you the date of the next hearing.

If you are a defendant then contact your solicitor or the court.

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