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Police MattersBeing a victim or the witness of a crime can be a distressing experience. Below we offer some useful guidance to assist you in understanding your legal rights and what to expect from the criminal justice system if you are affected by crime in any way. There is also some introductory information on criminal law and details of how to get help when you need it.

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Date: 01 Mar 2017, Filed under: Anti-Social Laws, Criminal Law

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Date: 01 Jan 2017, Filed under: Criminal Law

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