These are the more serious crimes and include murder, manslaughter and rape. All indictable offences must be tried at the Crown Court, but the first hearing is dealt with at the Magistrates’ Court. The magistrate will decide if the defendant should be given bail. The case is then transferred to the Crown Court. (See Indictable Offences list)
Any offence is serious only if its commission has led to any of the consequences set out below, or is intended to lead to any of these consequences:
- Serious harm to the security of the state or to public order
- Serious Interference with the administration of justice or with the investigation of offences or a particular offence
- The death of any person
- Serious Injury to any person
- Substantial financial gain to any person
A serious incident is one which in the view of the child, parent or guardian or the child’s representative any incident that has led or is intended to / likely to / threatened to lead to serious harm or loss to any school child.
Examples of these serious offences are listed on the right. The list is not exhaustive and it is good practice to contact the Police for incidents considered to be more than general school misbehaviour. The officer will consider the nature and seriousness of an incident before deciding whether to officially record the matter, immediately or at a later stage, as a recordable crime.
When a serious incident occurs (as defined above) the DfE states that the school and the police should complete the following:
- The school records the serious incident The school reports the serious incident to the police The police officer records the serious incident as a crime in accordance with the NCRS
- Having brought the matter to the attention of the school, the school can create a formal request for the police to deal.