Criminal case flow is one of the most confusing items for those new to the judicial system. From the time of the arrest to the time they have “their day in court” are many confusing and soul searching events for the family. While the system always seems to run slower than we would like, it does flow through a very formal process.
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s department publishes one of best criminal case flowcharts. Starting with the initial criminal complaint to the trial. This is a simplified chart, so not every possible twist and turn is identified, but it has the major milestones as a case moves along.