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In <span class="noglossary">order</span> for any of these charges to be laid, a complaint must be made to the police. Normally, this takes the form of an emergency 9-1-1 call. The police will come to your home and interview you and anyone else who witnessed the event.
 
In <span class="noglossary">order</span> for any of these charges to be laid, a complaint must be made to the police. Normally, this takes the form of an emergency 9-1-1 call. The police will come to your home and interview you and anyone else who witnessed the event.
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After the police have conducted their investigation, the lead officer sends the lawyer for the government, ''crown counsel'', a document called a Report to Crown Counsel which, among other things, describes the witnesses' statements and the officer's recommendation as to whether charges ought to be laid or not. Crown counsel then decides whether there is enough evidence to lay charges. If the crown counsel reviewing the police file thinks there is enough evidence, the crown counsel will approve the charges and the matter will be set for a hearing before a judge.
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After the police have conducted their investigation, the lead officer prepares a document called a ''Report to Crown Counsel'' and sends it to crown counsel, which is the lawyer for the government. Among other things, the Report to Crown Counsel describes witnesses' statements and recommends if charges should be laid. Crown counsel then decides whether there is enough evidence to lay charges. If they think there is enough evidence, crown counsel will approve the charges and the matter will be set for a hearing before a judge.
    
===Information for abused persons===
 
===Information for abused persons===

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