Good morning. Thank you for the question. It is my pleasure to assist you with this today.
Unfortunately, whereas there is a time limit with civil matters, with ongoing criminal matters, there is no time limit when an investigation is ongoing.
Generally however if there is no further evidence to be gathered, they cannot leave this in limbo forever and anything longer than six months from when the complaint is made would be abuse of process.
It depends then on the nature of the complaint.
However, if we then take the case of a murder enquiry, people are often arrested and released without charge (think of the Yorkshire Ripper for example) and then rearrested months or years later and then charged.
I guess it’s not the answer you wanted, but nonetheless, does it answer the question?
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