Ministry of Justice Statutory guidance: The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime in England and Wales and supporting public information materials

The Ministry of Justice have published statutory guidance which focuses on victims’ rights and sets out the minimum standard that organisations must provide to victims of crime.

The resource emphasises that victims of crime should be treated in a respectful, sensitive and professional manner without discrimination of any kind. They also have the following rights:

  1. To be able to understand and to be understood
  2. To have the details of the crime recorded without unjustified delay
  3. To be provided with information when reporting the crime
  4. To be referred to services that support victims and have services and support tailored to your needs
  5. To be provided with information about compensation
  6. To be provided with information about the investigation and prosecution
  7. To make a Victim Personal Statement
  8. To be given information about the trial, trial process and your role as a witness
  9. To be given information about the outcome of the case and any appeals
  10. To be paid expenses and have property returned
  11. To be given information about the offender following a conviction
  12. To make a complaint about your rights not being met

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