The implications for the administration of justice of the victim impact statement movement

Author(s)Bugg, Damian
Title The implications for the administration of justice of the victim impact statement movement
Source Journal of Judicial Administration 5 (3) February 1996, p. 155
Date 1996
Document type Journal article
Coverage Australia
Summary This article outlines recent legislative amendments and initiatives in victims' issues in Victoria, Australia and evaluates the role of the victim in the trial and sentencing processes. How victim impact statements are used and perceived in the sentencing process, together with some of the court decisions in this regard is discussed. The stage has been reached where consideration needs to be given for a uniformity of approach regarding the use of victim impact statements in the sentencing process. It is also important that prosecutors and other court official be aware of the needs of victims, such as providing adequate facilities for victims who are witnesses.
Keywords Victim impact statements; sentencing; victims rights; trial process
Topic Victim impact statements