Crime: Victims

Attorney-General written question – answered on 7th February 2012.

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Photo of Chris Evans Chris Evans Labour, Islwyn

To ask the Attorney-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to improve the support it provides to victims and witnesses.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve The Attorney-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is committed to supporting the effective participation of victims and witnesses at all stages of the criminal justice process, a commitment which is outlined in the CPS Core Quality Standards (CQS) published in March 2010.

The CPS continues to identify ways to improve the service delivered to victims and witnesses. In December 2011, it extended the service provided to bereaved families in homicide cases. The CPS now offers to meet the bereaved family at important stages of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) process, commencing with the charging decision, through to supporting the family where cases progress to the Court of Appeal.

The CPS welcomes today's publication of the HMCPSI joint inspection report and will be giving the recommendations full consideration.

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