Step 2 - Brief assessment/charges laid

The CDPP will go ahead with a prosecution if we can answer yes to two questions:

  • Are there reasonable prospects of the accused being found guilty?
  • Is it in the public interest to start a prosecution?

Our prosecutors assess briefs referred to the CDPP in accordance with the Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth.

Deciding whether or not to go ahead with a prosecution is the most important step of the prosecution process.