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The court process determines what happens duting the
course of the case. The following provides a basic outline of the court
process and your interaction with VAP.
A crime is
committed. The victim's
first contact should be with the Police Department, who will take a
report and assign a case number to the incident.
The case is
assigned to the Detective Bureau.
A detective may conduct further investigation into the incident
including contacting the victim. The detective will then prepare a
complaint/warrant for review by the City Attorney's Office.
Complaint/Warrant is signed.
If the City Attorney believes that
there is sufficient basis to proceed with the charges, the City
Attorney will sign the complaint/warrant. The complaint/warrant must
also be signed by a complaint witness - either the victim or
detective, depending on the facts and circumstances. Finally, the
complaint/warrant is signed by the judge. Once the judge signs the
complaint/warrant , a warrant is issued for the defendant.
with the VAP. If the victim
is to sign the warrant, then the victim will meet with a member of
the VAP at that time. If a detective signs the warrant, then the VAP
will contact the victim to discuss the case. The victim advocate
serves as a link between the victim, the court and the Flint City
Attorney's Office. The victim advocate will also assist the victim
with questions or concerns they may have and provide referrals or
resource information as needed. The victim advocate will also set an
appointment for the victim to meet with the City Attorney to discuss
the possible outcome of the case. The victim advocate will also
contact the victim to notify the victim of upcoming court dates.
Sonya D. McLaurin,
Tanisha R. Jones,
Direct Service Provider
Kristina D. Hill,
68th District Court
630 S. Saginaw St.
Flint, Michigan 48502
Business Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.