Forwarding the Suspect to court (Sanctioning of the file)

This is a process taking place when somebody asks to be relieved on police bond that involves the State Attorney looking at the police file and finding that a substantial amount of evidence has been gathered to constitute an offence.

Usually, after a case has been reported to the police, a file is opened in which all the statements made by the witnesses and the police reports are placed. When this is done, the file is forwarded to the Resident State Attorney where it is sanctioned by a state attorney.

During this process, some files are found to be lacking and are sent back to the police station for further evidence while others are fully sanctioned. Once the file has been sanctioned, the accused person is taken to court.

NOTE: Where the Suspect’s file is returned back to police unsanctioned, the suspect must be released immediately.