Victim rights

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1536
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

If a decision is taken not to prosecute in certain specified cases, there is a procedure that gives the victim a right to review the decision. Do the Metropolitan police communicate this right to victims and all their families as a matter of course? If not, will you ensure this is done in the future and in a timely manner as there is a time limit within this process?

Answer

Answer for Victim rights

Answer for Victim rights

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This is already done as a matter of course. Under the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime, officers must notify a victim of the outcome of their case.  Where a decision not to prosecute has been made officers must also notify the victim of their right to have that decision reviewed through the Crown Prosecution Service's Victims' Right to Review (VRR) Scheme.

This activity is recorded on the CRIS (Crime Reporting Information System) report for the case. Officers must also record when the information was passed to the victim noting whether it was by letter, telephone, email or in person.