Victims of crime for the first time will be allowed to directly confront the offenders who damaged their lives in court. Under a new code, victims will be able to choose to explain how a crime has hit them by reading out a Victim Personal Statement.
Baroness Newlove, whose husband Garry was killed by a gang vandalising his car, welcomed the revised Victims' Code, which she said "helps clarify the rights of victims and the levels of service they should expect".
Baroness Newlove said: "The onus is now on criminal justice agencies to deliver on their promises
"As Victims' Commissioner I will be championing those who take their commitments under the Code seriously and challenging those who don't."
The Victims' Code will come in to force in December.
National policing lead on victims and witnesses, Assistant Chief Constable Gary Cann, said the decision to allow victims to confront criminals in court would "ensure that victims have a voice in the criminal justice system".
Until now, judges have read personal statements in private with only fragments read aloud to the court by prosecutors.
The new Victims' Code will for the first time give businesses, who are victims of 9.2 million crimes committed each year, the chance to write an impact statement.