Criminal Procedure

The following process describes how a prosecution would proceed through the court system in Pennsylvania.

1. Crime Committed
2. Police Notified
3. Police Investigate
4. Police File Complaint
5. Private Complaint Filed
6. Preliminary Arraignment
7. Preliminary Hearing
8. Information Filed
9. Formal Arraignment
10. Pretrial Conference
11. Trial or Plea Disposition
12. Jury Trial
13. Non-Jury Trial
14. Guilty Plea
15. Presentence Investigation and Report
16. Sentencing
17. Appeal
18. Post-Conviction Relief