​Enriching trial justice for crime victims in common law systems: lessons from transitional environments

Author(s) Doak, Jonathan
Title Enriching trial justice for crime victims in common law systems: lessons from transitional environments
Source International Review of Victimology; May 2015, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp139-160
Date 2015
Document type Journal Article
Summary In this article the author discusses the lessons that can be learned from victim roles and practices affecting victims within transitional environments and how these lessons can be applied to practices of domestic criminal justice. Three key themes in transitional justice frameworks are discussed in depth: truth recovery; victim participation and reparation. The author concludes that the growth of the restorative justice movement has been a positive development and incorporates some of the themes of the transitional environments. The limitations of restorative justice are acknowledged, and in particular the difficulty of restorative justice operating as a fact-finding mechanism when both parties do not consent to the process. Victim impact statements are seen as important for victim participation but further innovative policy options are needed.
Keywords Participation; reparation; transitional justice; trials; victims; restorative justice; victim impact statements
Topic Criminal justice system