Lie on file

18:55 Sep 3, 2020
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Law (general) / Criminal justice
English term or phrase: Lie on file
In English law, applicable to England and Wales, a criminal charge is allowed to lie on file when the presiding judge agrees that there is enough evidence for a case to be made, but that it is not in the public interest for prosecution to proceed, usually because the defendant has admitted other, often more serious, charges. No admission to the charges is made by the defendant, and no verdict is recorded against them.
Charges which have lain on file may be reinstated at a later date, but only with the permission of the trial judge or the Court of Appeal.
John Farebrother
United Kingdom



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