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Local people deserve a local victims’ code, says Commissioner

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Local people deserve a local voice in the criminal justice process, says Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Commenting on the revised Victims’ Code, published by Government today, Tony Lloyd has outlined his plans for a Greater Manchester victims’ code of practice.

Although welcoming the new code, which entitles all victims the opportunity to speak in court and personally address offenders to explain how the crime has impacted on them, Tony has expressed concerns about the complexity and length of the document which comes into effect in December.

“It’s a welcome move by the Government to revise the victims’ code of practice and is another step towards putting victims at the centre of the criminal justice system,” says Tony.

“Steps to give all victims the opportunity to address an offender in court and explain the impact their crime has had on them, simplifying the complaints process for those not happy with how they’ve been treated by the criminal justice system, and extra support for repeat and vulnerable victims and victims of most serious crimes are all positive moves. I also welcome the fact that automatic referral to victim support services has been retained in the revised code – removing this would have led to many people, particularly vulnerable victims, not receiving the help and support they need.  

“However, I do have concerns that the document is over-long and will lead to more confusion and frustration for victims of crime who already face a complex and daunting justice process. That’s why I’ve been working with victim support services, voluntary groups, criminal justice agencies and, importantly, victims of crime, to develop a local code of practice that will be relevant and meaningful to the people of Greater Manchester.

“We also need to ensure that this doesn’t just become an unenforceable piece of paper that criminal justice agencies disregard. This is where Police and Crime Commissioners have a responsibility to make sure the police, courts, CPS, victim services and other agencies work together to deliver an effective service that has the needs of victims at its heart and that is something I am committed to delivering in Greater Manchester.”

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maureen kilroy

These victim impact statement (that’s what we refer to these statements victims make to criminals in America), does it still apply when the criminal is in a mental hospital?

According to what is written, these victim impact statements apply to “all victims.”

gmpccadmin

Hi Maureen. Yes, anyone who is a victim of crime is entitled to make a Victim Personal Statement which is usually done at the time of giving your witness statement. If the case goes to trial and the offender found guilty, the statement is considered by the court when deciding sentencing. More information is in the Victims’ Code of Practice which you can read as https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-code-of-practice-for-victims-of-crime. Thanks

maureen kilroy

I was able to get a look at some of it. It’s much better than we have in America. Just a couple of questions.

1. Can this new version of Victims Code of Practice apply for cases that came about before this updated version came out?

2. If a criminal is trying to get a pardon or go for a mental health tribunal such as Ian Brady did a few months ago, does a VPS apply?

Sorry, I find this very fascinating.

GMPCC Admin

Hi Maureen, not sure to be honest. The new code doesn’t come into effect until December so presume it only affects new cases from this date. The Ministry of Justice has more information and should be able to answer your questions – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-code-of-practice-for-victims-of-crime
Thanks

maureen kilroy

You’ve been very helpful. I didn’t remember seeing that information in the material I read so that’s why I asked. What you said does make sense. That’s how the laws work here in America. Thank you.

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