Criminal letters

CRIMINAL LETTERS. An instrument in Scotland, which contains the charges against a person accused of a crime. Criminal letters differ from an indictment, in that the former are not, like an indictment, the mere statement of the prosecutor, but sanctioned by a judge. Burt. Man. Pub. L. 301, 302.

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The private prosecution involves the production of a Bill of Criminal Letters.
It is estimated that placing a Bill of Criminal Letters before a High Court judge would cost around PS12,000 - a significant sum to most families but a pittance in terms of the Scottish Legal Aid Board's budget.
If a Bill of Criminal Letters is granted, it could still be opposed by the Lord Advocate and Clarke, who would have 21 days to lodge answers.
The case will then proceed to the High Court for a hearing to decide whether to issue a bill of criminal letters, meaning permission to pursue the prosecution.
A Crown Office spokesman said: "A bill of criminal letters, to be successful, would require to establish sufficient evidence in law.
In order to begin the process, an application needs to be made to the High Court for a bill of criminal letters.
A petitioner must apply to the High Court for a Bill of Criminal Letters.
Recent history throws up only a tiny handful of decisions on whether or not to grant criminal letters.
Carol applied to the High Court for a Bill of Criminal Letters, which paved the way for a trial.