With this in mind, the police will tell you all about what to expect from the criminal justice system, including information about The Victims’ Code.
You are entitled to:
- Additional services if you are a victim of serious crime, have been persistently targeted or are vulnerable or have been intimidated.
- A needs assessment to help work out what support you need.
- Information on what to expect from the criminal justice system.
- Be given details of organisations that support victims of crime.
- Updates about the police investigation, such as when a suspect is arrested or charged and any bail conditions imposed.
- Make a Victim Personal Statement (VPS) to explain how the crime affected you.
- Read your VPS aloud or have it read aloud on your behalf, subject to the court’s permission, if a defendant is found or pleads guilty.
- Be informed whether the suspect will be prosecuted or not – or of any out-of-court outcome, such as a caution.
- Be told how you can challenge Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decisions not to prosecute, discontinue or offer no evidence in all proceedings.
- Be given the time, date, location and outcome of any court hearings.
- Be informed if you need to give evidence in court and what to expect.
- Discuss what help and support you might need in court with the Witness Care Unit.
- Have a familiarisation visit to the court, enter through a different entrance from the suspect and sit in a separate waiting area where possible.
- Meet the CPS prosecutor and ask questions about the court process.
- Be told of any appeal against the offender’s conviction or sentence.