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Victims to get right of appeal

Victims of crime in England and Wales will be able to appeal against decisions by prosecutors not to charge suspects. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, said victims had been treated as "bystanders."

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Changes will put victims 'at heart of justice system'

Victims of crime, which includes bereaved family members or other representatives, can now:

  • Ask the CPS to look again at a case following a decision not to charge, to discontinue proceedings or offer no evidence
  • Those entitled to an enhanced service under the Victims' Code will also be offered a discussion with a prosecutor about the outcome of the review

Javed Khan, chief executive of independent charity Victim Support, said: "The Right to Review strengthens the rights of victims during the criminal justice process and is welcomed by Victim Support.

"Too often victims tell us that they don't have much of a voice in our justice system. This new initiative by the Crown Prosecution Service is a step in the right direction and will help to re-position victims back at the heart of our justice system."

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