Improving victims’ experiences of the justice

Jan 17, 2022

This government consultation seeks to understand how victims can be better supported through and beyond the criminal justice process across England and Wales, it closes at 11:59 pm on 3 February 2022. This consultation is the first significant step towards a landmark ‘Victims’ Law’ – a Bill that will build on the foundations provided by the Victims’ Code to substantially improve victims’ experiences of the criminal justice system. It will make a tangible difference to ensuring all victims of crime receive the support they need through and beyond the criminal justice process. This consultation will consider how we can make concrete improvements to victims’ experience of and confidence in the criminal justice system, and their support. The resulting legislation will be the cornerstone of our work across government to ensure that victims’ needs lie at the heart of the criminal justice system. The consultation asks questions across five key issues, focusing on: • What victims should expect • Performance and accountability • The Victim Surcharge • Community-based support services • Improved advocacy support.

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