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Prosecutor's Pledge

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 27th October 2005.

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Photo of Piara S Khabra Piara S Khabra Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service plans to take to help victims as part of the prosecutor's pledge.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department

Under the prosecutors pledge, the CPS will protect the interests of victims from charging to any possible appeal in a number of ways. An assessment will be made of the needs of a victim, for example, perhaps to be a witness in a trial they might need transport, child care or an interpreter. This may be provided. Victims can be protected from unwarranted character attacks during a trial or plea in litigation. This is the first time the level of service to victims by the CPS has been set out in one document and published.

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