We have a crime, we have a suspect, but we’re not ready for the Old Bailey just yet.
Here is a nice example, with Garrow for the defence, where a victim of crime obtains a warrant from the magistate, and then, with the warrant in hand, goes and gets a constable to accompany him to the suspects’ house. The accusation was that someone has stolen some meat. … But when they got there, the cats had already gnawed it!!