146 charged under victims' 'right to review' scheme

Almost 150 suspects have been charged with offences after their alleged victims appealed against the Crown Prosecution Service's decision not to proceed with a prosecution.

Under a new scheme brought in last year, victims of crime can challenge CPS decisions.

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CPS: 'If we get a case wrong we will look at it again'

The head of the Crown Prosecution Service has said a new scheme allowing victims of crime to appeal if a suspect is not prosecuted would reassure victims that justice is being done.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders told Radio 4's Today programme: "What we would like is for victims to be reassured that we don't routinely get cases wrong. Where we do get it wrong, we will look at them again and they can challenge it."

"So it gives them a tremendous sense of empowerment," she added.

146 charged under victims' 'right to review' scheme

Almost 150 suspects have been charged with offences after their alleged victims appealed against the Crown Prosecution Service's decision not to proceed with a prosecution.

Under a new scheme brought in last year, victims of crime can challenge CPS decisions.

Figures obtained by the BBC show that 80 of the successful appeals were for offences involving violence, while another 27 were for sexual offences.

Of the 1,186 victims' appeals launched between June 2013 and March this year, 162 were upheld, meaning there was a success rate of 13%.

Hoever, the overturned cases make up just 0.14% of the 113,000 CPS cases open to review.

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