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In England and Wales a person can certainly be tried in absentia, but can they be charged in absentia?

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  • Interesting question. I don't know the answer in this jurisdiction. – ohwilleke Sep 15 '18 at 1:29
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I believe that the answer is yes. They can be reported for summons and then sent a summons to attend the Magistrates Court. After that, their first hearing can take place in their absence should they fail to attend.

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