The standing of victims in the English criminal justice system

 
Author(s)Rook, Peter
Title The standing of victims in the English criminal justice system
Source ERA-Forum, Volume 3, Number 1,March, 2002
Date 2002
Document type Journal article
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary This article briefly examines the standing of crime victims in the English criminal justice system. In the English courts, under the adversarial system, only the prosecution and the defendant are the proper parties and victims have no status except as givers of evidence. As awareness and acceptance of the relevance of victims has grown, the British government is committed to introducing further measures to support victims. The author discusses the victim's standing in the decision to prosecute, the sentencing process and as a witness, where for example rules of evidence have changed to support vulnerable witnesses. The scope for future reforms is discussed, including the expansion of restorative justice.
Keywords Victims rights; criminal proceedings; status; criminal justice system; witnesses
Topic Victims rights; Criminal Justice System